Grizzly bear sightings reported on Colclough and Hand Avenue in West Fernie, in the field behind Home Hardware and along Dicken road and on Mushroom Head Trail. Black bear sightings reported throughout West Fernie,8th and 11th avenue in the Annex, Annex Park, James White Park, Elk View Drive, Ridgemont, behind the Courthouse and along 4th avenue.
Bear sightings reported in Sparwood Heights along Ponderosa and Pinyon.
Bear sightings reported along Balmer Crescent.
Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime, anyplace.
At home: Bear proof your property: lock up the garbage, clean up the fruit, feed pets indoors, keep pets indoors at night and get rid of anything that might attract bears to your property. Encourage and help your neighbours do the same.
In town or on the trails: If you encounter a bear, remain calm, identify yourself as human with a calm voice, back away slowly and leave the bear an escape route.
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
Contact Bylaw Services and call the Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24 hr 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.
For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook WildSafeBC Elk Valley.