Fernie Bears accessing Garbage and Apples

Oct 17.  Bears have been reported accessing garbage and fruit trees on Mount Minton Avenue in the Airport subdivision and on 6th Avenue in Fernie.

While working on a project mapping bear attractants as part of the City of Fernie Bear Hazard Assessement I found more than 300 properties with apple trees in Fernie.  Owning an apple tree in Bear Country is a huge responsibility.  Garbage and apple trees are the root causes of human/bear conflict in the Elk Valley.  Remove fallen fruit from the ground and pick  fruit daily as it ripens.  If you dont intend on using the fruit, strip your trees and take unwanted fruit to the transfer station.