Wednesday October 24th. A sow and 2 cubs was reported accessing garbage on Hartley St in West Fernie and a small black bear was seen running through the Annex on 11th ave in the afternoon and later at night accessing garbage on 8th avenue.
Bears are still around so be prepared and expect to encounter them and continue to keep garbage indoors to prevent wildlife (bears and deer) to become conditioned to feeding on human food sources. Colder temperatures and snowfall will typically prompt bears to start looking for a winter den, but easy access to food (garbage) may entice them to stick around. Please hold off putting out birdfeeders until bears have moved on to den.