Brown colored black bears in Elkford reported as grizzlies

Friday August 28.  There have been several reports of grizzly bears throughout Elkford.  The family of three bears are actually brown colored black bears, which could be easily mistaken as grizzlies.  You can tell by the shape of the ears and the snout.

Help keep our neighbourhoodselkford brown bears safe for bears and people.  Remember to keep your garbage indoors until collection day, pick all ripe fruit and take it to the transfer station, bear proof your property and thanks for helping your neighbours, family and friends do the same.

Grizzly bears on champlain Place in Elkford and GN road in Sparwood

Feeding by intent or neglect, approaching, watching and photographing bears all contribute to an increase in human/wildlife conflict and the destruction of bears.  

Bear sightings, bears eating garbage left outdoors, bears eating apples dumped at compost sites and on apple trees in backyards, people approaching, watching and taking photos of bears reported all over Elk Valley communities.

After repeated exposure to people and easy access to human food, bears lose their natural fear of people, associate people with food and become bolder. The end result is a potential threat to human safety and the death of a bear. Thanks for giving bears their space and respecting “Bear in Area” notices and trail closures.

Fernie

Bears accessing garbage and apples at the Fernie Mobile Home Park, Stanford Inn, Ridgemont, Coal Creek Bridge, West Fernie, Annex Park by the East Fernie bridge and Dike trail by the Leroux Mansion,Fernie mobile home park, Elkview Drive. Bear viewing by the Coal Creek Bridge, people reported approaching bears and taking photos. Cougar sighting reported on Lazy Lizard trail between the P9 junction and the power line. No aggressive behaviour reported.

Sparwood

Bears reported feeding on apples dumped at the community compost site by the fire hall. The compost site is for lawn, grass clippings and sod only. Everything else (garbage, apples, fruit, branches …)must go to the transfer station. Grizzly bear sightings reported on GN road. Bears seen at the campground, Blue Spruce Place, Causeway Bay hotel, by the elementary school and behind the Recreation Centre

Elkford

Bear sightings reported on Alpine Way, Fording Drive and Newgate Crescent. Grizzly bears seen on Champlain Place.

South Country

Bear sightings reported behind the gas station in Elko and in Jaffray

If you don’t want bears on your property or in your neighborhood jeopardizing your personal safety keep garbage indoors, clean up all fruit trees, dispose of fruit responsibly, avoid areas with bears, give them their space and help your neighbours do the same. Please report all violators to your local bylaw officer. Thank you for helping prevent the needless destruction of bears and helping keep our community safe for bears and people.

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.com

 

 

Bear sighting’s update and illegal dumping of apples at compost site in Sparwood attracting bears

Wednesday August 26.

Fernie

Bear sightings reported the last few days on Cemetery Bypass and Eco terrorist trails.  Bear and cubs seen at Stanford Inn, West Fernie dike trail, Fernie Mobile Home Park and Elkview Drive.

Sparwood

Bears seen at  the compost site behind the fire hall.  People have been illegally dumping apples at this site attracting bears and jeopardizing public safety .  This site is for the disposal of grass, leaves and sod only.  Take everything else (apples, fruit garbage) to the transfer station.  Bear sightings reported on the ski hill trails.

Elkford

Grizzly bear and cubs reported on Bears Paw Crescent at the base of Balmer Drivesparwood compost sign

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

What about the Bear in Area signs?

orange lawn sign west fernieThe purpose of the signs is to warn people there is a bear in a residential area and to remind everyone to manage attractants (garbage and apples) responsibly. For your own safety and the safety of our bears please avoid areas with bears. The “Bear in Area” signs are a trial project. It has proven to be successful so more signs have been ordered. I expect them later this week.

Feeding by intent or neglect, approaching, watching and photographing bears all contribute to an increase in human/wildlife conflict and the destruction of bears.  

After repeated exposure to people and easy access to human food, bears lose their natural fear of people, associate people with food and become bolder. The end result is a potential threat to human safety and the death of a bear. Thanks for giving bears their space and respecting “Bear in Area” notices, trail closures, bear-proofing your property and helping neighbours do the same.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

 

Learn how to prevent wildlife encounters and safely use bear spray

Wednesday August 26, 6 pm at the Fernie Bike Park by the Gazebo.

Due to popular demand WildSafeBC will be doing a short public presentation (30 minutes) on preventing wildlife encounters and how to safely use bear spray.   Inert bear spray (bear spray without the cayenne pepper) will be used to demonstrate.   This is your opportunity for hands on practice with the inert spray.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will enable you to remain calm, give you the confidence to stop, assess the situation and back away slowly in the event of an encounter with wildlife. Bear spray is not a substitute for using common sense but can be used as your last best defence if necessary.

For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com and watch this short video on the safe us of bear spray https://vimeo.com/123217603

Cougar sightings reported on Lazy Lizard trail in Fernie

Cougar sightings were reported on Lazy Lizard Trail yesterday afternoon.

COUGAR SIGHTING

 *Be Aware of the wildlife in the area

*Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice)

*Walk in groups

*Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray deterrent in a side holster)

*Keep dogs leashed

 

 If you encounter a Cougar:

 *STAY CALM

*DO NOT RUN

*MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT

*Pick up small children and small pets

*LET the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey

*Make yourself as large and as mean as possible

*Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner

*Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife

*If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

*Never approach or feed wildlife

 

Report Sightings to 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on cell

cougar kit by meg2

Wildlife update, garbage and apples luring bears in everywhere

bear eating applesMonday August 24. Bear sightings, bears eating garbage left outdoors, bears eating apples dumped at compost sites and on apple trees in backyards, people approaching bears and taking photos of bears reported all over Elk Valley communities. Here is a brief summary.

Fernie

Bears accessing garbage and apples at the Fernie Mobile Home Park, Ridgemont, Coal Creek Bridge, Annex Park by the East Fernie bridge and Dike trail by the Leroux Mansion.

Sparwood

Bears reported feeding on apples dumped at the community compost site by the firehall and by the Causeway Bay hotel.

Elko

Bear sightings reported behind the gas station in Elko.

If you don’t want bears on your property or in your neighborhood jeopardizing your personal safety keep garbage indoors, clean up all fruit trees and dispose of fruit responsibly and help your neighbours do the same. Please report all violators to your local bylaw officer.  Thank you for helping prevent the needless destruction of bears and helping keep our community safe for people and wildlife.

 

Grizzly bears in Elkford and White Spruce Mobile Home Park outside Fernie

A grizzly bear and two cubs were seen yesterday afternoon by the Lamplighter Pub in Elkford.  A black bear was also reported accessing garbage on Caribou Drive.

A grizzly bear and cubs was reported feeding on apple trees in White Spruce Mobile Home Park on Dicken Road just east of Fernie.

Clean up fruit trees, lock up garbage and bears will move on.  It is everyone’s responsibility.  Call your local bylaw officer if you see people feeding wildlife by intent or neglect.  It is an offence in BC to provide food to wildlife.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.new lawn sign

Learn how to prevent wildlife encounters and safely use bear spray

Wimg_8210ednesday August 26, 6 pm at the Fernie Bike Park by the Gazebo.

Due to popular demand WildSafeBC will be doing a short public presentation (30 minutes) on preventing wildlife encounters and how to safely use bear spray.   Inert bear spray (bear spray without the cayenne pepper) will be used to demonstrate.   This is your opportunity for hands on practice with the inert spray.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will enable you to remain calm, give you the confidence to stop, assess the situation and back away slowly in the event of an encounter with wildlife. Bear spray is not a substitute for using common sense but can be used as your last best defence if necessary.

For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com and watch this short video on the safe us of bear spray https://vimeo.com/123217603

Bear an cubs seen on the river trail by Dogwood Park in Fernie

Tuesday August 18.  A bear and cubs were seen on the dike trail early this morning by Dogwood park.

The attached graph illustrates the number of calls regarding black bears made to the Conservation Officer Service between 2013 and 2015.  While the 2015 bear season started off relatively normal (compared to the previous two seasons), the number of bear sightings fell right off in May, June and July. Typically, and there are exceptions, our peak season for bear sightings/conflicts is the month of September.

We have analyzed the data in WARP and have produced this graph to show you the relative bear activity for Fernie and the elk Valley from 2013 through until 2015.

Please help ensure that this September is a quiet one by: picking all of your fruit as it ripens and removing any windfalls from your yard; putting your garbage out the morning of collection; and managing all of your other attractants as per our guidelines at www.wildsafebc.com pwor graph