May 27. Two bear cubs (one black and one brown) photographed below eating dandelions ( natural food for bears) have been seen throughout the James White Park Area and Mt Proctor and Mt Minton Streets. Bears also reported In the Fernie Mobile Home Park, Ridgemont and West Fernie. Help us keep Fernie safe for people and bears. Remove anything (garbage, bird feeders etc.. ) that may attract them and help your neighbors do the same.
Photo by Joan Johnson
May 18. A black bear and 2 cubs (1 brown and 1 black) reported on Ridgemont Avenue last night and early this morning. Be prepared and expect to encounter bears throughout Elk Valley communities.
WildSafeBC Coordinator Kathy Murray will be hosting a virtual Wildlife Safety and Safe Use of Bear Spray Presentation via Zoom.
WHEN? Thursday May 21 at 7 pm.
-Bear identification, black or grizzly bear
-preventing and responding to bear encounters
-how to safely use bear spray
Please email your community coordinator Kathy Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to register for this free presentation.
May 16. A black bear was seen on 5th Avenue, by 7th street late last night in Fernie. Grizzly bear sightings reported at the Cedars this morning. Remove anything that may attract bears to your neighborhood (garbage, bird feeders….). For more information on keeping bears and people safe go to https://wildsafebc.com/
Grizzly bear and 2 cubs reported by Montane Adaptive Trail at 7:30 am today (May 13). Yellow arrow indicates approximate location. Remember, bears travel great distances to search for food.
When you choose to recreate in grizzly bear country be prepared. Make noise to avoid surprise encounters and have bear spray accessible just in case. Visit https://wildsafebc.com/grizzly-bear/ or more safety tips.
Be prepared and expect to encounter bears. Remove anything that may attract bears to your property. If you see a bear, stop, stay calm and identify yourself as human and back away slowly. Please report human wildlife conflict to the Conservation Officer Service on 1-877-952-7277. For more information on grizzly bears and safety visit https://wildsafebc.com/grizzly-bear/
May 8. A grizzly bear was reported on the trail by the Cedars and by Highway 3 opposite the Stanford Inn and a moose was reported charging at and injuring a dog on Kiddy up trail in Fernie yesterday. Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled. Never approach or feed wildlife. Call 1-877-952-7277 to report human/wildlife conflict. For more information on wildlife safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/species/
moose deserve their space and privacy
Monday May 4. The grizzly bear in the photo below has been reported passing through yards on Highline Drive and Boomerang Way at Fernie Alpine Resort this morning. Remove anything that may attracts bears (garbage, bird feeders, pet food) from your property. For more information on grizzly bear safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/grizzly-bear/
photo by Marianne Agnew
Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime. Mountain bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters. Make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it. For a refresher go to https://wildsafebc.com/bear-spray/
Spring is the best opportunity to help keep wildlife wild and people safe. It is much easier to keep human food and other attractants away from wildlife in the first place, than it is to teach bears, cougars, deer, skunks and rodents to stay away from unnatural food, such as garbage that they have learned to enjoy. Thank you for keeping garbage in a garage, shed or indoors inaccessible to wildlife and securing anything else that may attract wildlife to your property. The end result will be a cleaner and safer community for wildlife and people.