Sightings so far this year in Hosmer, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country

Early summer is our best opportunity to avoid bears being attracted by garbage and other food sources into residential streets, where they may become conditioned to human food sources and become problem bears later in the year as they get hungry before hibernation.
Keep garbage indoors until the morning of collection and call 1-877-952-7277 or leave a report on the blog if you are worried a neighbour’s garbage may attract wildlife into your street.
All reports are confidential – a Bear Aware representative will speak to your neighbour to inform them about the risks of attractants at this time of year, and what they can do to avoid wildlife problems in the future.

  • May 3 A black bear cub was seen on Highway 3 near the water hole just past the sheep sign on the way to Cranbrook
  • May 3 A grizzly bear was seen on the south side of the Elk River 1 km west of the turn at the Fernie ski hill
  • May 11 A black bear was getting into garbage on Edwards Lake Road
  • May 18 A grizzly bear was seen charging horses on Lower Elk Valley Road
  • May 19 A grizzly bear was seen at the gravel pit in the Olson Crossing area
  • June 3 A grizzly bear was seen close to residences on Dicken Road
  • June 4 A grizzly bear was seen eating grass near Dicken Road
  • June 5 Grizzly bears were seen on Dicken Road
  • June 13 A black bear was seen at Newgate Crescent and Niagara Crescent in Elkford
  • June 13 Three black bears were getting into garbage cans on Ponderosa Drive in Sparwood
  • June 13 A black bear was getting into garbage on Hickory Crescent in Sparwood
  • June 14 A black bear was seen eating grass on Sycamore Road in Sparwood
  • June 14 A black bear was seen in the greenbelt behind residences on Pinyon Road in Sparwood
  • June 15 A black bear was seen in the greenbelt behind residences on Pinyon Road in Sparwood
  • June 15 A black bear was seen in a yard on Sycamore Road in Sparwood
  • June 16 A black bear was reported getting into garbage on Cypress Drive in Sparwood
  • June 17 A grizzly bear was seen crossing the highway at Elk Valley Highway and Balmer Drive