July 21st: A 3 year old male black bear that caused property damage and posed a threat to human safety had to be destroyed at Mount Fernie Provincial Park Campground.
This is the first bear destroyed in Fernie so far this year. Unfortunately this bear was a regular visitor to the campsite, had gotten used to human food, caused property damage and posed a threat to human safety. Removing bears doesn’t solve the problem, it simply opens up a niche for other bears to move in. It is up to us to ensure we are not attracting bears to our campsites and homes by ensuring that all attractants (food, garbage, BBQs etc…) are secured.
When camping in bear country please remember to keep a clean campsite. All food must be secured, ideally kept in a cooler and locked inside a vehicle if possible. All garbage must be put into bear resisistant dumpsters provided. Do not keep food, toiletries or anything that smells in your tent, this could attract bears. Clean up immediately after cooking and never set up your tent on a wildlife travel path or near berry bushes. By keeping a clean campsite you will help prevent the needless destruction of bears.–