Monday June 25. A mountain biker who was alone and calling out still surprised a mama bear and cub on a switchback on Sidewinder trail in Ridgemont last night. The cub ran up a tree and the mama bear bluff charged the mountain biker. This is normal defensive behaviour for a bear defending her cub. Grizzly bear sighting reported on Fairy Creek Falls trail.
Are you planning on heading out on the trails? Do you have bear spray accessible and how confident are you if you need to use it? WildSafeBC will be running a “how to safely use bear spray” sessions for the Fernie Women on Wheels group this Wednesday June 27 and for the public next Thursday July 5th at 6pm at the Bike Park Gazebo behind the aquatic centre in Fernie, free of charge. . This is a great opportunity to come and get hands on practice with inert bear spray (bear spray without the pepper). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.