Heikos and Three sisters trails are closed until further notice

More people hiking, biking and camping in grizzly bear habitat will increase the potential for human wildlife conflict.  Recreation Sites and Trails BC have closed Heikos and The Three Sisters Trails until further notice in order to help prevent human/grizzly bear conflict.  Regardless of where you choose to go to recreate you are in grizzly bear country. 

On the trails:  Be prepared andexpect to encounter wildlife anytime.  Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence, watch for signs of wildlife, fresh tracks and scat, carry bear spray and know how to use it. If you encounter wildlife, back away slowly and leave.  Never approach or feed wildlife.  Report encounters to 1-877-952-7277.

At home:  Keep all garbage stored securely indoors until you dispose of it responsibly.   Avoid using bird feeders during bear season and manage your fruit trees, compost and other attractants responsibly. 

Visit https://wildsafebc.com/ for more information

Grizzly and cubs on Heikos, expect more bear activity this time of year and consider not camping on Heikos

Sept 1st.  Another group of hikers encountered a grizzly sow and cubs on Heikos by the Tamarack this morning.  Heikos is grizzly bear habitat.  Know what you are getting yourself into and be prepared. Consider doing Heikos as a day hike rather than camp in a grizzly bear corridor.  For more information on bear safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzly and cubs reported on Heikos Trail on the weekend

As we approach the end of summer, bears become especially active in preparation for winter denning. During this transition of seasons, bears eat as much as possible to increase their body weight by approximately 30%. This phase for bears is called hyperphagia.  Bears are opportunistic feeders, will travel great distances for food and will eat almost anything they can get their paws on.  Like people, they will choose the path of least resistance, our trails and roads.  As more people are hiking and biking, the potential for human/wildlife conflict and wildlife encounters is high.  Be prepared and expect encounter bears anytime.  For safety tips visit https://wildsafebc.com/species/grizzly-bear/

Wildlife Awareness and Safe use of Bear Spray Workshops in Sparwood, Fernie and Elkford

Sparwood:  Thursday Sept 3rd at 5:30 pm at the Fiorentinos parking on Highway 3

Fernie: Saturday September 5th at 11 am at the Info Centre on Highway 3, Fernie

Elkford: Thursday September 17th at 6 pm, outdoors by the Elkford Public Library

WildSafeBC is celebrating their 5th Annual BC Goes Wild September 2020.   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).  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.

Free of charge.  For more information and to register contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.com

Free Wildlife Awareness and How to use Bear Spray workshops in Sparwood and Fernie this week

Wildlife Awareness and Safe use of Bear Spray Workshops in Fernie and Sparwood

Sparwood: Tuesday July 28 at 5 pm Fiorentino’s Parking Area, Highway 3, Sparwood

Fernie:  Wednesday July 29 at 5pm, Fernie Info Centre on Highway 3, Fernie

 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).  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.

Free of charge.  For more information and to register contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.com

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Bear and moose sightings reported on Fernie trails over the weekend

Bear sightings reported by the boardwalks on Ecoterrorism, Forever trail in Montane and on the Coal Discovery Trail and moose reported by the P9 and Lazy Lizard Junction over the weekend.bears-and-bikes-screenshot

Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence and avoid surprise encounters, especially around blind corners and berry bushes.  Join us on Wednesday at the Fernie Info Centre at 5 pm to learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and safe use of bear spray.