Monday June 9. Here is a summary of wildlife sightings reported the last few days.
Bear sightings reported on trails in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, top of Fat Bastard and Happy Gilmar trails. A small brown colored black bear (reported as a grizzly a few times) has been seen throughout the city of Fernie; Park Crescent, Mt Minton, 1st avenue and 1st street and Ridgemont.
A grizzly bear was reported feeding on a deer carcass on Highway 43 by Grave Prairie.
Bears reported accessing garbage in dumpsters left outside between collection days. Keep dumpsters in a garage or shed between collection days. Call the District of Elkford to obtain a bear resistant container if you don’t have a garage or shed to secure your garbage.
The Elk Valley is wildlife habitat. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area.
Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together)
Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
Walk in groups
Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control
If you encounter a Bear:
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 wildlife safety go to www.wildsafebc.com