Grizzly bears making themselves at home in Elk Valley towns.

Wildlfie update Monday September 26

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Fernie

Bears reported on Elkview Drive, 9th avenue in the Annex, at the East end of 1st avenue by the schools, in the park behind West Fernie and on Stove Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park.

Sparwood

Bear and cubs reported in the campground and by the CP rail bunkhouse.

Elkford

Grizzly bear sightings reported on Needles Crescent by the bus stop, Bear Cub park on Galbraith drive and a walker on Cougar trail reported a grizzly bear walking towards him as he backed away.  Residents have been reported taking photos of grizzly bears sat on their front lawns.

Grasmere

A relocated collared grizzly bear from Montana was reported accessing apple trees and livestock feed.

Bears have been accessing garbage left outdoors, walkers on trails close to towns are getting stalked by grizzly bears, people have trees loaded with apples, won’t pick the apples but want the bear in the yard dealt with!  We chose to live here so we are all responsible for making sure we are making every effort to mitigate human/wildlife conflict.  We have a revolving door of new people and new bears in town all the time. So we long timers who have a better tolerance and understanding of wildlife need to lead by example and take it upon ourselves to work with new neighbours and visitors and make them “Bear Aware” and tell them about the resources we have.   If you are new to bear country, it’s up to you to learn about living with wildlife.

We have a volunteer group that will pick apples for people that are unable, contact Rachel Dortman, tel:  250-423-8665.  Wildsight has an apple capture program with equipment available to lend, fruit picking, tree pruning, apple presses, dehydrators, sauce makers etc…  Contact 250-423-3322.

Districts are taking measures to enable residents to dispose of garbage responsibly and many businesses are upgrading to bear resistant dumpsters. The WildSafeBC Junior Ranger program will be presented to over 1500 students in the Elk Valley and South Country. The Junior Rangers will be asked to help the family bear-proof their home and teachers have been asked to follow up.

We have made a lot of progress the last few years and thank you to everyone who has made an effort to bear proof their property.  We all have to work together.  Sadly between WildSafeBC, The Conservation Officer Service, local bylaw officers, volunteers and community groups we don’t have the resources to address all potential human/wildlife conflict situations.

Thank you for helping spread the word that garbage, fruit trees, birdseed and pet food etc. attract bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.

 

 

 

Bears getting into garbage and apple trees all over the Elk Valley

There have been reports of bears accessing garbage and lured into backyards by unmanaged apple trees right accross the Elk Valley and South Country. For your own safety and to help keep our wildlife wild, keep your garbage locked up between collection days, clean up fruit trees and secure all other bear attractants for the next two months.

Garbage, fruit trees, birdseed and pet food etc. attract bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.

Please share this message with your neighbours, we all need to work together, in some cases you may need to report themBear_Garbage_Can to your local bylaw officer.

Bear sightings in James White Park Fernie

Saturday September 17.  Bear sightings have been reported on the trail by the tennis courts in James White Park the last few days.  A moose and calves has been hanging around Kids Stuff trail in Ridgemont.  Bears reported on Corbin Drive in Elkford.

It’s bear season.  Keep the garbage locked up, clan up fruit trees and be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

For more information go to www.bear eating appleswildsafebc.com

Bears, bikes, hikes and bear spray safety talk Sept 17th in Fernie

Learn how to prevent wildlife encounters and safely use bear spray 

Saturday September 17th at the Fernie Mountain Bike Park by the Gazebo at 10 am

Join us to celebrate 17 years of keeping wildlife wild and communities safe on our provincial BC goes wild weekend.  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 potency of the cayenne pepper) will be used to demonstrate.   This is your opportunity for hands on practice with the inert spray.

Contact fernie@wildsafebc.com for more informationbears and bikes screenshot

Bear resistant dumpsters available for public use 24/7 in Fernie

public br dumpsterShould you miss garbage day or have no garage or shed to store garbage securely between collection days, there is a great new convenient option for you available 7 days a week 24 hours a day!  Thanks to the City of Fernie who now has bear resistant dumpsters available for public use at four locations in Fernie:  City Hall, Aquatic Centre, Max Turyk and the Arena. The dumpsters are easily identified by a “Keep Wildlife Wild” sticker.

If you notice anyone with garbage outside, please help spread the word and tell them about the importance of keeping garbage inaccessible to bears in bear country.  Thanks for your help.  Household garbage kept outside (in the backyard, under the carport or on the porch) is the root cause of human/bear conflict in BC communities.

The dumpsters are for household garbage only and are only as bear resistant as the users!

Do not litter and keep the area surrounding clean and odor free

Garbage must be placed in the bin provided, the lid closed and latched

Take larger items (appliances, debris, and furniture) to the transfer station

 

Bears reported in Sparwood, West Fernie and Moose on Eric’s Trail

Sunday September 11.  A bear and cubs have been reported throughout Sparwood;  Sparwood Heights, Pine Avenue, Cedar Drive by the high school and Juniper Crescent the last few days.  Bear sightings reported in the park behind Riverside Drive in West Fernie.  A mooseBear_Garbage_Can was seen by mountain bikers by the junction of Kids Stuff and Eric’s trail in Fernie.

For your own safety and to help keep our wildlife wild, keep your garbage locked up between collection days, clean up fruit trees and secure all other bear attractants for the next two months.

Garbage, fruit trees, birdseed and pet food etc. attract bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.

Please share this with family, friends and neighbours.  It is everyone who lives in bear country’s responsibility.

 

 

Learn how to safely use bear spray on September 17th

Learn how to prevent wildlife encounters and safely use bear spray

Saturday September 17th at the Fernie Mountain Bike Park by the Gazebo at 10 am

Join us to celebrate 17 years of keeping wildlife wild and communitiesBCGW-Inclusive-Poster2-small safe on our provincial BC goes wild weekend. 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 potency of 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.

Properly used bear spray is said to be the most effective bear deterrent available, and a study co-authored by University of Calgary Professor Stephen Herrero found that attack victims using spray are much less likely to be injured than those defending themselves with a gun. The 2012 study, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, showed that 92% of people using bear spray during an attack escaped injury, compared to only 50% of gun users.

For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

Bear sightings in West Fernie and in the Annex

Tuesday August 30th.  Bear sightings have been reported on 9th avenue in the Annex and on Colclough Avenue in West Fernie.  WildSafeBC  and the summer student Bylaw Officers were out visiting businesses in Fernie to ensure that commercial dumpsters were kept closed and secured in a manner not to attract wildlife.  One written warning was issued  and recommendations were made to several businesses to upgrade to bear resistant dumpsters.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we are not attracting wildlife into our community. Thank you for keeping garbage indoors, cleaning up fruit trees and making sure dumpsters are closed and locked and the area surrounding is kept clean and odor free.  bylaw students and wsbc.JPG

Bear sightings reported by the Coal Creek boat launch, Alpine Trail and Anderson Road in Fernie.

Thursday August 25.  A bear was seen on the dike trail by the Coal Creek boat launch early yesterday morning.  Bear sightings also reported on Anderson road and Alpine Trail in the last few days.  Evidence of bear activity (scat) was seen on several trails, Ecoterrorist and Montane.

Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime.  If you see a bear, stop, stay calm, identify your self as human, back away slowly and leave the bear an escape route.  Please make it a top priority to bear proof your home and encourage your neighbours to do the same.

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