Free “How to safely use bear spray workshops” coming up in Elkford and Fernie

WildSafeBC, the Elkford Library and the Fernie Fire Department will be cohosting Wildlife Safety and How to Use Bear Spray Workshops.  Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).

Elkford: Tuesday September 12th at 4:30 and 6:30pm at the Elkford Library

Fernie: Saturday September 21st at 1pm at the Fernie Fire Hall

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing.   Stay calm, assess the situation, respond accordingly and not give in to the instinct to run, which can trigger the chase instinct.  Bear spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially safe your life. Like a seat belt, it should be considered essential safety equipment when travelling in wildlife country.

For more information on wildlife and the free workshops contact fernie@wildsafebc.comBear spray Far staff

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