Feeding by intent or neglect, approaching, watching and photographing bears all contribute to an increase in human/wildlife conflict and the destruction of bears.
Bear sightings, bears eating garbage left outdoors, bears eating apples dumped at compost sites and on apple trees in backyards, people approaching, watching and taking photos of bears reported all over Elk Valley communities.
After repeated exposure to people and easy access to human food, bears lose their natural fear of people, associate people with food and become bolder. The end result is a potential threat to human safety and the death of a bear. Thanks for giving bears their space and respecting “Bear in Area” notices and trail closures.
Bears accessing garbage and apples at the Fernie Mobile Home Park, Stanford Inn, Ridgemont, Coal Creek Bridge, West Fernie, Annex Park by the East Fernie bridge and Dike trail by the Leroux Mansion,Fernie mobile home park, Elkview Drive. Bear viewing by the Coal Creek Bridge, people reported approaching bears and taking photos. Cougar sighting reported on Lazy Lizard trail between the P9 junction and the power line. No aggressive behaviour reported.
Bears reported feeding on apples dumped at the community compost site by the fire hall. The compost site is for lawn, grass clippings and sod only. Everything else (garbage, apples, fruit, branches …)must go to the transfer station. Grizzly bear sightings reported on GN road. Bears seen at the campground, Blue Spruce Place, Causeway Bay hotel, by the elementary school and behind the Recreation Centre
Bear sightings reported on Alpine Way, Fording Drive and Newgate Crescent. Grizzly bears seen on Champlain Place.
Bear sightings reported behind the gas station in Elko and in Jaffray
If you don’t want bears on your property or in your neighborhood jeopardizing your personal safety keep garbage indoors, clean up all fruit trees, dispose of fruit responsibly, avoid areas with bears, give them their space and help your neighbours do the same. Please report all violators to your local bylaw officer. Thank you for helping prevent the needless destruction of bears and helping keep our community safe for bears and people.
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 www.wildsafebc.com