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. 

Wildlife Awareness and Safe use of Bear Spray Workshop in Elkford Tonight, 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

Thank you Fernie residents for not putting garbage out the night before collection.

During a garbage patrol of Area 2 last night only 11 residences had garbage out the night before collection.  (Annex x2, Alpine trail x4, Canyon Trail x3, West Fernie x 2 and Mountview 0).  Well done Mountview residents.  Garbage out had night has been identified with a yellow sticker (see photo)

Garbage set on the curb at night is an easy target for a hungry bear and for other wildlife.  By removing access to garbage we can help prevent food-conditioning wildlife. Food conditioning is a learned behavior where bears begin to associate people and their property with a food reward. This can lead to safety concerns. With the absence of the food reward, they are less likely to return which helps keep wildlife wild and improve community safety for our neighbours, friends and family.