WildSafeBC is celebrating their 5th Annual BC
Goes Wild September 2020. 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. For more
information and to register contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator,
September 17. Moose at the bottom of phat bastard, grizzly bear on Lazy Lizard and two black bears seen on Space Unicorn. Bikers, call out and make noise, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters
During a garbage patrol of Area 2 last night only 11 residences had garbage out the night before collection. (Annex x2, Alpine trail x4, Canyon Trail x3, West Fernie x 2 and Mountview 0). Well done Mountview residents. Garbage out had night has been identified with a yellow sticker (see photo)
Garbage set on the curb at night is an easy target for a hungry bear and for
other wildlife. By removing access to
garbage we can help prevent food-conditioning wildlife. Food conditioning is a
learned behavior where bears begin to associate people and their property with
a food reward. This can lead to safety concerns. With the absence of the food
reward, they are less likely to return which helps keep wildlife wild and
improve community safety for our neighbours, friends and family.
A leashed dog broke out of its collar to chase a cub on a
trail in James White Park. This provoked
defensive behaviour from the sow defending her cub. It was a close call. The dog suffered minor injuries.
Thank you for preventing human/wildlife encounters in our
parks, trails and at home. Keep dogs
under close control, keep garbage indoors until day of collection, clean up
apple trees and secure any other bear attractant. The end result will be a cleaner and safer
community for everyone.
Sept 6. There were reports of people encountering a bear and cub in James White Park yesterday afternoon. Be prepared and expect to encounter bears in town and on the trails. Work with your neighbors to ensure that your neighborhood remains safe for your family and our wildlife. Remove anything that might attract bears (garbage, apples, dirty bbq. etc..)
For more information on bear safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/
More people hiking, biking and camping in grizzly bear
habitat will increase the potential for human wildlife conflict. Recreation Sites and Trails BC have closed
Heikos and The Three Sisters Trails until further notice in order to help
prevent human/grizzly bear conflict. Regardless
of where you choose to go to recreate you are in grizzly bear country.
On the trails: Be prepared andexpect to encounter wildlife anytime.Make noise to warn wildlife
of your presence, watch for signs of wildlife, fresh tracks and scat, carry
bear spray and know how to use it. If you encounter wildlife, back away slowly
and leave. Never approach or feed
wildlife. Report encounters to
At home: Keep all garbage stored securely indoors
until you dispose of it responsibly. Avoid
using bird feeders during bear season and manage your fruit trees, compost and
other attractants responsibly.
Sept 1st. Another
group of hikers encountered a grizzly sow and cubs on Heikos by the Tamarack
this morning. Heikos is grizzly bear
habitat. Know what you are getting
yourself into and be prepared. Consider doing Heikos as a day hike rather than
camp in a grizzly bear corridor. For
more information on bear safety go to www.wildsafebc.com