More photos of Elkford’s white bear cubs

Thanks to Elkford resident Kristy Anonson for allowing us to use these photos of two white bear cubs and their darker-coloured sibling and mom in and around her yard.

These bears have already frequently been seen in residential areas throughout Elkford, and they have been getting into unsecured garbage. Please keep your garbage indoors to prevent these bears from becoming habituated and human food conditioned. If you do not have a garage or a shed to keep your garbage container in, please keep your garbage inside until the morning of pick-up day or take it to the transfer station. Smelly garbage can be frozen in a ziploc bag until pick-up day to prevent unpleasant smells. Please also pick all fruit and berries, clean your barbeques thoroughly after each use, remove bird feeders, manage your compost properly to keep it odour-free, and keep all other bear attractants indoors. If you find any hair from these bear families with white cubs, please contact Elk Valley Bear Aware at 250-910-0959. Scientists do not know much about these white bears yet, but they could use hair samples for DNA analysis to find out more about what causes the white colour of these bears. It is illegal to hunt white bears in BC. 

View photos of white bear cubs (Spirit Bears) from Elkford. Help keep them wild and alive

This year, several white bears have been seen in Elkford. White bears are very rare, and it is important that we all take responsibility for keeping our properties free of bear attractants to keep these special bears wild. One bear family includes one white, one black, and one cinnamon-coloured cub, and another family has two white cubs and one black cub. These bears have already frequently been seen in residential areas throughout Elkford, and they have been getting into unsecured garbage. Please keep your garbage indoors to prevent these bears from becoming habituated and human food conditioned. If you do not have a garage or a shed to keep your garbage container in, please keep your garbage inside until the morning of pick-up day or take it to the transfer station. Smelly garbage can be frozen in a ziploc bag until pick-up day to prevent unpleasant smells. Please also pick all fruit and berries, clean your barbeques thoroughly after each use, remove bird feeders, manage your compost properly to keep it odour-free, and keep all other bear attractants indoors. Bears can even be attracted by dirty diapers and petroleum products. Keeping our properties clean is the best way to protect these white bears. Relocating bears has been found to be largely ineffective as bears often return to the same area. Even if relocated bears stay in their new habitat, their survival is very low because they are in an unfamiliar environment and may come into conflict with other bears. The permanent solution for keeping bears wild and our communities safe is to clean our towns of bear attractants. If bears do not find anything to eat in our communities, they will usually move on. Please do your part to keep our bears wild!

If you find any hair from these bear families with white cubs, please contact Elk Valley Bear Aware at 250-910-0959. Scientists do not know much about these white bears yet, but they could use hair samples for DNA analysis to find out more about what causes the white colour of these bears.

It is illegal to hunt white bears in BC. 

The attached photos of white bear cubs were taken by Tracy Steinke, and she generously shared her beautiful photos with Bear Aware. Thank you very much, Tracy!

Photos of grizzly bear that charged 13 hikers near Fernie

A group of 13 hikers sent in these photos after they were bluff-charged by this grizzly bear on Heiko’s Trail in Fernie on Tuesday, August 30.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernie is Grizzly bear country.  Be prepared and expect to encounter bears.  Look for signs of recent bear activity droppings, diggings or overturned logs, make noise to warn bears of your presence to avoid surprising bears at close range, carry pepper spray and know how to use it.  For more information on bear safety visitwww.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/bearsaf.html and view the movie Staying Safe in Bear Country available at the Fernie Library and Fernie Information Centre.

Brown bear in Fernie

This is a brown Black Bear with the most beautiful coat feeding on natural bear food  who has visited a rural property in Fernie a few times this month.  Photo courtesy of Marcie Welsh.
Have you got a photo of an Elk Valley bear? Email it to bearawarefernie@gmail.com with a description of where and when you took it.