Thank you to the Elkford Library

It was a pleasure to present to Elkford Library’s Summer Reading Club.  Thanks to everyone for their participation.  I know that I can count on you to help ensure that Elkford remains a safe place for people and wildlife.

To book a presentation for your group contact fernie@wildsafebc.comelkford library reading camp

Free “How to safely use bear spray workshops” coming up in Elkford and Fernie

WildSafeBC, the Elkford Library and the Fernie Fire Department will be cohosting Wildlife Safety and How to Use Bear Spray Workshops.  Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).

Elkford: Tuesday September 12th at 4:30 and 6:30pm at the Elkford Library

Fernie: Saturday September 21st at 1pm at the Fernie Fire Hall

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing.   Stay calm, assess the situation, respond accordingly and not give in to the instinct to run, which can trigger the chase instinct.  Bear spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially safe your life. Like a seat belt, it should be considered essential safety equipment when travelling in wildlife country.

For more information on wildlife and the free workshops contact fernie@wildsafebc.comBear spray Far staff

Black Bear by Disc Golf Course in Fernie

Thursday August 29.  A large black bear was seen this morning by the disc golf course in James white Park.  It is likely the same bear reported last week by the tennis courts.

If you encounter a Bear:

  • STAY CALM
  • DO NOT RUN
  • Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)
  • Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.
  • Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
  • Never turn your back on wildlife
  • Do not approach or feed wildlife

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com

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Photo courtesy of Marcie Welsh

Feed Families Not Bears

West Fernie residents photographed working together to clean up a fruit tree that is next to the school bus stop and adjacent to a park with a history of attracting bears to the neighborhood.

apple pickThanks for being a good neighbor and not putting your neighborhood in harm’s way by picking all fruit as soon as possible and assisting elderly neighbors who may be unable to pick their fruit. Consider pruning and/or removing fruit trees and replacing them with native non-fruit bearing trees.

Keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up fruit trees will result in a cleaner and safer community for everyone.

Bear sightings reported in Fernie parks and neighborhoods

Bear sightings were reported on Elk View Crescent, Slalom Drive, James White Park, annex Park, west Ferne dike trail and Montane trails recently.  The berry crop has dried up, apples are starting to ripen and garbage carts are left out doors providing easy food for bears.

When a bear gets food (garbage and apples) in your yard, it doesn’t know that your tolerance for bears is higher than your neighbors.  It learns that a house, lawn, bicycle and the faint smell of people comes with an easy meal.  It eats, learns and moves on.  Eventually it will find itself somewhere it is not welcome.  And when bears and humans are in conflict, the bear dies nearly every time.

Thank you for cleaning up fruit trees and keeping garbage indoors and inaccessible to bears between collection days.

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apple trees will attract bears to your yard

For more information on bear proofing your property go to www.wildsafebc.com

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Sparwood Golf Club to learn about Wildlife and how to use Bear Spray

Great turnout, 45 people!  Thanks to everyone for your particpation.  I know I can count on you,  your families and friends to help enure that people remain safe and wildlife wild in our communities and when out in recreation areas.  Thank you to the Sparwood Golf Club for hosting, Sparwood Trails Alliance and to Jen King from the Sparwood Mountain Bike for helping make this event a big success.  Have fun and be safe out there!

To learn more about wildlife and safe use of bear spray go to www.wildsafebc.com

Sparwood golf clug group

Photo courtesy of Jen King

Bear and cubs on Montane trails in Fernie, Rosen Lake road and in Sparwood

Berry pickers, bikers and hikers be prepared and expect to encounter bears if you are travelling through berry patches.  A bear and her two cubs of the year have been reported daily on the Montane trail network by the new bridge on the inclusive trail.

Bear sightings also reported on the road to Rosen Lake left of the Y.  The bear was on the side of the road eating berries.  Grizzly bear sightings reported in Sparwood Heigths and black bear sightings by the hospital on Pine Avenue.

The safest bear encounter is one prevented.  Make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprise encounters.bear family from fernie

Fernie black bear family mowing the lawn!  Photo courtesy of Marcie Welsh

For more information on bear safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

Tomorrow, Tuesday August 6, Wildlife Awareness and Learn to use Bear Spray at the Sparwood Golf Club House at 6pm

WildSafeBc and the Sparwood Trails Alliance will be cohosting a Wildlife Safety and How to Use Bear Spray Workshop.  Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper), tomorrow, August 6th at 6 pm at the Sparwood Golf Clubhouse.   Free of charge, everyone welcome.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing (stay calm, assess the situation and respond accordingly) and not give in to the instinct to run (which can trigger the chase instinct).  Like wearing your seat belt, if used properly, bear spray could help save your life!

For more information contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.comBear spray Far staff

Today at 5:30pm Wildlife awareness and safe use of bear spray workshop, Fernie Info Centre.

Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).  The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.

Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing.   Stay calm, assess the situation, respond accordingly and not give in to the instinct to run, which can trigger the chase instinct.  Bear spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially safe your life. Like a seat belt, it should be considered essential safety equipment when travelling in wildlife country.

Free of charge.  Meet outside the Fernie Info Centre on Highway 3, today at 5:30 pm.

For more information contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.comBear spray Far staff

Bear and cubs seen on Ridgemont Avenue in Fernie

A bear and cubs were seen in a backyard on  Ridgemont Avenue early this morning.  We all enjoy living here and must always be aware of our surroundings and respectful of our environment.  Thank you to everyone who is making an effort to prevent human/wildlife conflict.  We have many new seasonal residents and visitors so it’s up to us who have been here a while to lead by example and help our new neighbours and friends.

At home: store garbage in a secure garage or shed or inside your house until collection day, bring in bird feeders between May and November, clean your BBQ’s and manage all other attractants responsibly.

Hiking and Biking:  Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence, watch for signs of wildlife activity (claw marks, tracks, and fresh scat), travel in groups in daylight, do not litter on trails, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

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Fernie Balck Bear.  Photo courtesy of Marcie Welsh