Runner wearing an I Pod surprises bear at close range in James White Park in Fernie

A black bear and cubs and single larger bear have been seen in James White Park the last few days.  On Monday afternoon a runner wearing an I pod surprised a bear at close range on one of the single track trails. The runner was spooked by the bear, tripped ad fell, the bear ran off.

We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observed dangerous wildlife

  • accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
  • that cannot be scared off
  • a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area

Call 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.

One thought on “Runner wearing an I Pod surprises bear at close range in James White Park in Fernie

  1. Why must we label these beautiful animals as dangerous? They are just trying to survive and we take their homes away and leave buffets out for them to sneak an easy meal. We are more dangerous than they are.

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