Thursday June 5. A small brown colored black bear was reported on the trail behind Overwaitea up to Ridgemont, Ridgemont Crescent and on the corner of 1st avenue and 1st street. Lock up garbage and secure all attractants, bears wwill move on.
A moose has been bluff charging people with their dogs in James White Park and moose sightings reported in the swampy area by the boardwalks on Eco terrorist trail in Fernie.
Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance and stay in areas where the line of sight is good (avoid the single track trails or areas with thick brush). Use caution when walking dogs and keep them on a leash and/or under voice control. Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.
Report wildlife in conflict to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.
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