August 30. A group of 13 hikers was bluff charged by a grizzly bear 3 times on Heiko’s Trail. Fernie is Grizzly bear country. Be prepared and expect to encounter bears. Look for signs of recent bear activity droppings, diggings or overturned logs, make noise to warn bears of your presence to avoid surprising bears at close range, carry pepper spray and know how to use it. For more information on bear safety visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/bearsaf.html and view the movie Staying Safe in Bear Country available at the Fernie Library and Fernie Information Centre.