Bears and berries

Monday July 24. Late July, most years, indicates an important change in a bear’s diet.  Saskatoon berries, huckleberries, raspberries and others offer bears a concentrated supply of high energy food.  Did you know that a bear can consume up to 100 000 berries in one day?

If you are travelling through ripe berry bushes be prepared and expect to encounter bears.  Grizzly bear sightings have been reported on Phat Bastard and Heiko’s trail, black bear sightings reported on S-Bomb and Mad Cow trails in Fernie.

The safest bear encounter is one prevented.  Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence and avoid surprise encounters, especially in areas with thick brush, poor visibility and berry patches.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

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