Bear sightings on trail between Ridgemont condo’s and Overwaitea in Fernie

Tuesday October 15th. welsh brown bear
Fernie
Black bear and 3 cubs reported in Ridgemont. Use caution on the trail between the Ridgemont condo’s and Overwaitea, bears have been seen in the area, avoid the trail after dark. Bear sightings also reported on Mc Donald in West Fernie, on the dike trail by Coal Creek Bridge and in the Annex Park. Mt Fernie Provincial Park is still closed until further notice due to an injured grizzly and her 2 cubs in the area.
Sparwood
Bear sightings reported on White Birch Crescent.
Elkford
Bears reported on Fording Drive and Balmer Crescent
Hosmer
A bear has been reported damaging an outdoor freezer to access the contents.
South Country
A grizzly was reported breaking into a chicken coop in Grassmere and grizzly sightings reported at Edwards Lake.

Jaffray
A bear broke into a car to get to the garbage that was left in the car.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.
* Be aware of the wildlife in the area
* Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush)
* Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
* Walk in groups
* Keep dogs leashed

If you encounter a Bear:

* STAY CALM
* DO NOT RUN
* Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)
* Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.
* Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
* Never turn your back on wildlife
* Do not approach or feed wildlife

For more information on keeping wildlife wild and communities’ safe go to www.wildsafebc.com