Black bear seen by Maiden Lake in Fernie

dumpster prettySunday August 9.  A small black bear was seen on the Maiden Lake Trail behind Canadian Tire last night.  Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime and keep your garbage indoors between collection days.  There is still plenty of natural food for bears in the wilderness, lets not bait them into town with an easy food reward (garbage).

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bear follows runner on trail in Fernie Update

Friday August 7, 3 pm.  Update.  The juvenile black bear followed the runner on R Trail all the way to Ridgemont road.  The bear was last seen running towards the Kush trail when the runner stopped a truck and jumped in.  In an effort to distract the bear the runner dropped a blue and silver day pack on the side of R trail, close to the wooden bridges.  If you find the day pack please turn it into the RCMP.  Thank you.  There have been no other reported sighing’s of the bear.

Black bear follows a runner down Oh Dear and Old Stumpy trails in Fernie

Friday August 7.  A juvenile black bear was reported following a runner for over 20 minutes down Deadfall, to Oh Dear and Old Stumpy trails.  There have been other recent reports of this bear in the same area but the bear would always run away when seeing people.  In this case the person ran when they saw the bear, which invoked the bears chase instinct.  The bear was last seen heading towards the golf course from the bottom of Old Stumpy.

The safest bear encounter is one prevented.

If you encounter a Bear:

STAY CALM

  • 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

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Black bear and cubs seen on Hedonism Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Tuesday August 4.  A black bear and her cubs were seen on Hedonism Trail by a mountain biker.

Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence and avoid surprising them at close range which may provoke defensive behaviour. All our trails are multi use and are becoming noticeably busier with hikers, bikers,dogs and wildlife. Making noise, especially when approaching blind corners and areas where the line of sight is poor will result in a reduction in human/wildlife and trail user conflict. Remember, wildlife and uphill traffic have the right of way.

For more information on wildlife safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzly bear sighting reported by Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park in Sparwood

A grizzly bear was reported by Whispering Winds mobile home park yesterday afternoon.

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

     If you encounter a Bear:

STAY CALM

  • 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

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277orange lawn sign west fernie

Mt Proctor trails in Fernie are reopened

Tuesday July 28.  Mt Proctor trails are reopened.  Trails were closed due to cougar activity.  Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

Fernie is Wildlife Country

The Safest Wildlife Encounter is One Prevented

Avoid surprise encounters: Call out, clap your hands, sing or talk loudly

Look for signs of wildlife: Tracks, droppings, diggings, claw-marked trees, torn-up logs, overturned rocks and food caches.

Travel smart: Stay in groups, stay on marked trails and travel in daylight.

Do not litter: Pack it in, pack it out.

Carry bear spray:  Keep it accessible and know how to use it as your last best defense.

Dog owners:  keep your dogs under control.  They may provoke defensive behavior in wildlife.

Cyclists:  speed and quietness put you at risk for sudden encounters.  Slow down and make noise.

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

If you encounter a Bear:

  • STAY CALM
  • 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

If you encounter a Cougar:

  • STAY CALM, DO NOT RUN, MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT
  • Pick up small children and small pets
  • Let the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey
  • Make yourself as large and as mean as possible
  • Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner
  • Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife
  • If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.com

 

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Mt Proctor trails in Fernie closed until further notice due to cougar activity

Cougars reported following hikers and approaching mountain bikers on Fairy Creek and Swine flu trails in Fernie over the weekend.  Trails have been closed until further notice.

COUGAR SAFETY TIPScougar kit by meg2 

*Be Aware of the wildlife in the area

*Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice)

*Walk in groups

*Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray deterrent in a side holster)

*Keep dogs leashed

 

If you encounter a Cougar:

 

*STAY CALM

*DO NOT RUN

*MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT

*Pick up small children and small pets

*LET the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey

*Make yourself as large and as mean as possible

*Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner

*Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife

*If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

*Never approach or feed wildlife

 

Report Sightings to 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on cell

For more information on wildlife safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzlies on Lazy lizard and cougar sightings on Timberline Crescent

Friday July 10th.   A grizzly and cub were seen on Lazy Lizard yesterday and a cougar has been seen behind Juniper Lodge on Timberline Crescent at F.A.R.

The WildSfafeBC Elk Valley Coordinator will be away until July 26 in remote locations with no internet or phone.  Please post wildlife sightings on the WildSafeBC Elk Valley Facebook page to share info with others.  Please report human/wildlife conflict or wildlife emergencies to 1-877-952-7277, the 24 hour Conservation Officer Hotline.

Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife contact go to www.wildsafebc.com