Friday June 24. Grizzly bear sightings have been reported the last few days on the popular Lazy Lizard trail in Mont Fernie Provincial Park.
The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area.
Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush)
- Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
- Walk in groups
- Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control
- carry bear spray, have it accessible, know how to use it
If you encounter a Bear:
- DO NOT RUN
- Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)
- Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.
- Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
- Never turn your back on wildlife
- Do not approach or feed wildlife
Thank you for reporting human/wildlife conflict to the Conservation Officer Service reporting line
To share wildlife sightings with other trail users please post or message on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org