Thursday May 12. Moose sightings have been reported in James White Park and in West Fernie. Bear sightings were also reported in Fernie earlier in the week on Mt Minton and Elkview Crescent but no sightings reported the last few days.
Moose Safety Tips
Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance. Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled, especially females with calves. Given the sheer size and strength of these animals, moose are capable of inflicting serious injuries.
- Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they have an escape route.
- If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
- Moose will attack dogs as they view them in the same category as their natural predator, the wolf. Keep your dog leashed if moose are in the area.
- Perhaps the biggest threat that moose pose to human safety is through vehicle collisions. Protect yourself by adjusting your speed in areas where moose are known to frequent especially between dusk and dawn.
For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com