Bear sightings at trail heads in Fernie, Cougar sightings in Sparwood and bears throughout Elkford

Monday September 8 wildlife update
Fernie
A sow and cub has been seen at the Phat Bastard trial head on Burma road, bear sightings also reported on Anderson and Stevenson roads.

Sparwood
A cougar was seen by the Catholic Church on Red Cedar Drive.

Elkford
Bear sightings reported on Alpine Drive, Fording Drive, Elk Street, Ash Crescent, Balmer Crescent, Galbraith Drive, Natal road and by the campground.

South Country
Bear sightings reported in Galloway, Tie Lakeshore road and Rosen Lake road

Bear season is here

Where and how we “LIVE” is one of the greatest opportunities and challenges for reducing human-wildlife conflict. Our homes and yards are where we spent the bulk of our time and it is here that we are most protective of ‘our’ space. It is also where we create so many attractants and opportunities for wildlife to get into conflict with us.White bears Kristy Anonson 7For some species it is just a matter of removing the attractant – such as securing our garbage from bears. For other species it is much more complicated, especially for animals like deer where your whole yard becomes an attractant: if it is vegetation and a deer is hungry enough, it’ll probably eat it.

A general approach to wildlife conflicts is to ask yourself, Is there something that is bringing wildlife into my living space? Food (garbage fruit trees compost, bird seed, pet food). Is it shelter, does my landscaping provide cover for the animal? Maybe your yard is in the path or a travel route for bears – is there opportunity to accommodate the well-behaved traveller or is fencing needed?

Understanding of how wildlife can shift from being something nice to see or experience to something that is a real threat to human safety and/or property is not always easy. Hindsight usually lets us see when the wildlife became a problem but by then it is often too late. Your best strategy is to think about what the long term outcomes could be from your present interactions with wildlife.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafebc.com