Bears searching for easy food sources in communities throughout the province.

Black bears are still very active in much of the province. This is a critical time of year when natural foods begin to wane and bears are preparing for winter denning. They may be consuming an average of 20,000 calories per day to put on the fat they need to survive over the winter. Bears lose about 30% of their body weight over winter and do not eat, drink or defecate while denning. Ensure that bears are not learning to find unnatural foods in your community. This can lead to food-conditioning, a learned behaviour where bears associate people with food. Keep your garbage secure. The red bears in this map denote bears that were accessing garbage. Also, avoid the temptation to put your bird feeder up too soon. Check out WildSafeBC’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program to sign up for free alerts in your community:

Grizzly bears reported in Grassmere and Sparwood and black bears all over Fernie and Elko

October 9th.  There have been grizzly and black bears reported throughout the Elk Valley and South Country. 

Sparwood:  grizzly bear feeding on a carcass on lower Elk Valley road by Whispering Pines MHP.

Grassmere:  grizzly and cub accessing fruit trees and causing property damage

Elko:  black bear reported clawing at a window ay a home on Combi Street

Fernie:  black bears reported all over town feeding on apple trees in back yards, getting into garbage left outdoors between collection days and travelling through parks in broad daylight.

We live in bear country, thank you for preventing human/wildlife conflict at home, in our parks, trails and in the back country.

Bear and two cubs in James White Park

October 6. A bear and two cubs were seen swimming across the river from the Stanford Inn to James White Park and another bear was seen on the dike trail above the disk gold course yesterday afternoon.

Thank you for preventing human/wildlife encounters in our parks, trails and at home.  Keep dogs under close control, keep garbage indoors until day of collection, clean up apple trees and secure any other bear attractant.  The end result will be a cleaner and safer community for everyone. 

Feed Families Not Bears

Thanks for being a good neighbor and not putting your neighborhood in harm’s way by picking all fruit as soon as possible and assisting elderly neighbors who may be unable to pick their fruit. If you are unable to manage your fruit trees due to illness, disability or you are elderly contact 250-423-8665 to arrange for volunteers to pick your fruit. Consider pruning and/or removing fruit trees and replacing them with native non-fruit bearing trees. 

Keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up fruit trees will result in a cleaner and safer community for everyone.