Wednesday evening June 27. A group of hikers and their dogs had an encounter with a brown colored black bear on roots trail. Bones were scattered on the trail, the bear is likely guarding a kill. Fernie is Bear Country. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife. Make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprsing them at close range, carry bear spray and know how to use it, travel in groups during daylight and don’t litter on the trails. For more information on bear safety visit www.bearaware.bc.ca and watch the movie Staying Safe in Bear Country, available at the Fernie Library.