Although there have been no recent reported wildlife sighting’s it doesn’t mean that wildlife isn’t around. The Elk Valley is wildlife country. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime and know how to respond to encounters and prevent conflict. There were a number of grizzly bear and moose sightings reported on the Lazy Lizard trail and area in Mt Fernie Provincial Park last week. Bears may have moved on or were not seen or reported recently.
We don’t have authority to put signage on trails in the backcountry and/or close trails. Human/wildlife conflict such as wildlife showing aggressive/defensive behaviour, stalking and bluff charges must be reported to the Conservation Officer Service who will then take the appropriate course of action. If you have sightings to report on trails to share with other trail user’s thank you for posting a message on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.