Fernie bear update May 31. Bears ripping into garbage carts left outdoors all over town, biker encounters grizzly and cubs on deadfall, black bear and cubs by the montane hut.

At home:  keep garbage indoors or take it to the transfer station or community dumpsters. For details go to  https://www.fernie.ca/EN/main/residents/city-services/garbage-recycling-collection.html

On the trail:  be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

photo courtesy of Brian Pollock

Grizzly bears reported in Alpine Trail/Parkland/Canyon Trail in Fernie over the weekend.

May 17. Remove anything that might attract bears from your property.  That includes bird feeders!  Never approach or feed wildlife. Longtime residents, thanks for helping educate any newcomers.

We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment.  If you observed dangerous wildlife

  • accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
  • that cannot be scared off
  • a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area

Call the Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24 hr hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.

For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com.

Grizzly bear sightings reported in Hosmer, Black bear families throughout Fernie

Grizzly bears have been reported throughout Hosmer this past week, passing through yards and even getting onto decks!  Black bears have been reported throughout Fernie.  There are currently three groups of bears that we know of.   A large brown sow with a black yearling cub, a sow with two cubs of the year and a large single black bear.  They have been seen in James White park, Dogwood park, along the dike, by the Leroux Mansion, all along 4th avenue, by the Montane Barn, Slalom Drive, FMHP and Montane Development. 

Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime.  At home, bear proof your property and know what to do if you encounter a bear on a trail!  Visit wildsafebc.com for more information.

Hiking and biking season is here. Do you know what to do if you encounter a bear? Learn more about wildlife safety today for free!!

Join us for a Q & A on Instagram  Women Who Wander Collective’s live feed at noon today (May 5th,) then tonight at 7pm MST for a virtual wildlife safety talk on zoom.  Learn from the women from WildSafeBC who have had first hand experience with grizzly bear encounters.

To register, click on the link below.

https://www.womenwhowander.club/wanderwise-virtual-series

To learn more about Women Who Wander check out their website: https://www.womenwhowander.club/