Bear sightings on Fernie trails and cougar sightings north of Sparwood

The Elk Valley and South Country is prime wildlife habitat. Be prepared to encounter wildlife anytime in our communities and recreational areas.

Recent reported wildlife sightings


Bear sightings reported by mountain bikers at the top of Gorby and Brokeback Trails in Mount Fernie Provincial Park.


Cougar sightings were reported late at night on Highway 43 north of Sparwood by the Elk Valley Mobile Home Park.


Black bear sightings reported in the town of Elko.

The Safest Wildlife Encounter is One Prevented

Avoid surprise encounters: Call out, clap your hands, sing or talk loudly

Look for signs of wildlife: Tracks, droppings, diggings, claw-marked trees, torn-up logs, overturned rocks and food caches.

Travel smart: Stay in groups, stay on marked trails and travel in daylight.

Do not litter: Pack it in, pack it out.

Carry bear spray:  Keep it accessible and know how to use it as your last best defense.

Dog owners:  keep your dogs under control.  They may provoke defensive behavior in wildlife.

Cyclists:  speed and quietness put you at risk for sudden encounters.  Slow down and make noise.

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit