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

Black bear and cub on Stove Trail in Fernie

Wednesday July 8, 8:30 am.  A mountain biker just reported seeing a black bear sow and cub half way up Stove Trail.  We have chosen to live and play in Bear Country.  Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime, any place, especially on trails as wildlife will also choose the path of least resistance to get around.and look for food.

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

Grizzly bear and two cubs on Ecoterrorist trail in Fernie

Tuesday July 7.  A grizzly bear and her cubs were seen on the Ecoterrorist boardwalks this morning.  Bears defend three things, their cubs, food and space. Surprising bears at close range may provoke defensive behaviour.  Make noise to warn bears of your presence, especially in thick brush and areas where the line of sight is poor.

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

Bear sightings reported in Ridgemont in Fernie

Monday July 6.  Bear sightings have been reported on Ridgemont Lane and Ridgemont Crescent over the weekend.  Please keep garbage indoors until collection day (tomorrow) and secure all other attractants (pet food, dirty BBQ’s…)

Complying with local bylaws, keeping garbage indoors and securing attractants will benefit all of us an our wildlife.  Thanks for your attention to this matter and encourage your neighbours, family, friends and visitors to do the same. orange lawn sign west fernie

Grizzly bear sightings reported on Lazy Lizard Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Grizzly bear sightings reported the last few days on Lazy Lizard Trail in Fernie.  This is a popular family trail.

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

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

Bear sighting at the top of Red Sonja Trail in Fernie

Friday July 3rd.  A bear was seen by a mountain biker at the top of Red Sonja Trail this morning.  The biker chose to turn around and ride Swine flu instead.  Thank you for helping prevent human/wildlife conflict.  Make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprising them at close range and always leave the bear an esbear in tree smallercape route.

Come and visit our WildSafeBC display this afternoon at the farmers market in Sparwood between 4 and 8 pm to learn more about preventing human/wildlife conflict.

Bear Sighting in West Fernie Park

July 1st.  The small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg was seen by the entrance on the corner of Hand Avenue and Riverside Drive in West Fernie.  Make noise if choosing to enter the park to avoid surprising this bear at close range as the visibility is poor due to thick brush.  Bears will travel great distances to find food.  This young bear has made his way from James White Park, across the river to the Super 8 and back to West Fernie even with an injured leg.  Do not approach or feed the bear and always leave bears an escape route.  This bear is unable to climb trees to escape so may react defensively if surprised at close range.

Bear sightings also reported in Sparwood, on Matevic Road and on the trails at the old ski hill.

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild by preventing encounters when out on the trails and keeping garbage indoors till collection day and bear proofing your property.  Happy Canada Day.  Drop by the WildSafeBc display today at the aquatic centre in Fernie to find out more about keeping wildlife wild and communities safe.

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Small injured cinamon colored bear seen in the wooded area behind the Super 8 Motel in West Fernie

There is a small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg.  He was seen on Castle mountain drive, in James White Park and has now travelled across the river to the wooded area behind the Super 8 Motel in Fernie.  This young bear is not able to climb trees due to his injured leg.  Please do not approach or feed the bear.  Give him space, back away and leave him an escape route. Don’t bait him to your property, keep your garbage indoors till collection day and remove all other attractants.

Bear sightings also reported on Dem Bones Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild and our community safe

Injured bear in James White Park area in Fernie

Friday June 26.  There is a small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg.  He has been seen on Castle mountain drive and was headed towards James White Park via the Trans Canada trail just past Castle Mountain Condos.  This young bear is not able to climb trees due to his injured leg.  Please do not approach or feed the bear.  Give him space, back away and leave him an escape route. Don’t bait him to your property, keep your garbage indoors till collection day and remove all other attractants.

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild and our community safe.