Grizzly bear returns to James White Park and moose sightings on trails in Fernie

Spawood grizzly sherryTuesday May 23.  The female grizzly that has been relocated from Fernie made her way back to James White Park this past Saturday evening.  Moving bears within their home range (relocation) buys bears time to make better choices and avoid people, but it’s not a permanent solution for resolving human/bear conflict.

Trans-location, moving bears a long distance has proven ineffective.  They almost always come back to their original territory or become “problem animals” in other communities.  They often fail to adapt to their new habitat, may starve to death, be killed by other dominant wildlife, or get shot on their way back to their home territory.

Moose sightings have been reported on Montane Trail and a moose and her calf on the Ridgemont trail network.  Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route. Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www,wildsafebc.com

May 23 update (free press) May 25

Tuesday May 23.  The female grizzly that has been relocated from Fernie made her way back to James White Park this past Saturday evening.  Moving bears within their home range (relocation) buys bears time to make better choices and avoid people, but it’s not a permanent solution for resolving human/bear conflict.

Trans-location, moving bears a long distance has proven ineffective.  They almost always come back to their original territory or become “problem animals” in other communities.  They often fail to adapt to their new habitat, may starve to death, be killed by other dominant wildlife, or get shot on their way back to their home territory.

Moose sightings have been reported on Montane Trail and a moose and her calf on the Ridgemont trail network.  Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route. Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www,wildsafebc.com

 

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