Bears and cougars coming into conflict with people throughout the Elk Valley

garbage kills bearsMore people living, visiting and recreating in the Elk Valley will result in a potential increase in wildlife/human conflict. We must all work together to ensure we are not bating wildlife into our backyards with garbage and other attractants. When out on the trails, make noise to warn wildlife and other trail users of your presence, do not litter and carry bear spray. Helping your family, friends and neighbours to do the same will result in a safer community for wildlife and people.

Recent Wildlife sightings


Two mountain bikers used were chased by black bear and her cubs on Coal discovery Trail and a large black bear was reported on Ecoterrorist trail in Ridgemont. Cougar sighting reported in a backyard on Ridgemont Drive and bears reported accessing unsecured garbage on Brickers Rd.

Grizzly bear reported on Matevic Road and black bear sightings on Pine Avenue, Mountain View Mobile Home Park and by the pedestrian bridge by the railway.

Black bear and 2 cubs reported by the Welcome to the District of Elkford sign.

A cougar was reported stalking a hitchhiker.

For more information on keeping wildlife wild and communities safe visit If you are involved in an incident with wildlife please call the Conservation Officer Hotline on 1-877-952-7277.