Moose and calf sightings by West Fernie dike trail and in James White Park

A moose and calf were reported in West Fernie on the dike trail and in the pond at the end of McLeod Street. Moose sightings also reported in James White Park. A dog was chased by the moose defending her calf in West Fernie. Dogs chasing/barking at wildlife can result in conflict. Keep dogs leashed for everyone’s safety.

Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance. Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled, especially females with calves. Given the sheer size and strength of these animals, moose are capable of inflicting serious injuries. For more safety tips go to https://wildsafebc.com/moose/

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Bear Safety For Mountain Bikers virtual presentation this Saturday 10 am

WildSafeBC Coordinator Kathy Murray will be hosting a virtual Bear Safety for Mountain Bikers Presentation via Zoom.
WHEN? Saturday June 6 at 10 am.

Topics Include
-Bear identification, black or grizzly bear
-preventing and responding to bear encounters
-how to safely use bear spray

Please email your community coordinator Kathy Murray, fernie@wildsafebc.com for a link to register for this free presentation.

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Bear and two cubs seen by boat launch and 4th avenue in Fernie

May 29.  There have been daily reports of a black bear and two cubs (one brown and one black) all along 4th avenue late at night and late afternoon yesterday by the boat launch in Fernie.  Never approach or feed wildlife.  If you see a bear, stop, stay calm, identify yourself as human and not prey by using your voice and back away slowly.  For more bear safety tips go to https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/ and/or watch this short video https://youtu.be/nxK0-5DKtoM on how to respond to bear encounters.Bears_Fernie_Joan Johnson 2020

 

Bears in James White Park, Fernie Mobile Home Park and West Fernie

May 27.  Two bear cubs (one black and one brown) photographed below eating dandelions ( natural food for bears) have been seen throughout the James White Park Area and Mt Proctor and Mt Minton Streets. Bears also reported In the Fernie Mobile Home Park, Ridgemont and West Fernie.  Help us keep Fernie safe for people and bears.  Remove anything (garbage, bird feeders etc.. ) that may attract them and help your neighbors do the same.

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Photo by Joan Johnson

Free virtual bear safety presentation on zoom Thursday May 21 at 7 pm

WildSafeBC Coordinator Kathy Murray will be hosting a virtual Wildlife Safety and Safe Use of Bear Spray Presentation via Zoom.

WHEN?   Thursday May 21 at 7 pm. 

Topics Include

-Bear identification, black or grizzly bear

-preventing and responding to bear encounters

-how to safely use bear spray

Please email your community coordinator Kathy Murray, fernie@wildsafebc.com for a link to register for this free presentation.

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Grizzly Bear and 2 cubs reported on Montane Trails this am

Grizzly bear and 2 cubs reported by Montane Adaptive Trail at 7:30 am today (May 13). Yellow arrow indicates approximate location. Remember, bears travel great distances to search for food.
When you choose to recreate in grizzly bear country be prepared. Make noise to avoid surprise encounters and have bear spray accessible just in case. Visit https://wildsafebc.com/grizzly-bear/ or more safety tips.

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Grizzly Bear and Cub reported at the Cokato Rd and Mt McLean junction in Fernie today (May 11)

Be prepared and expect to encounter bears.  Remove anything that may attract bears to your property.  If you see a bear, stop, stay calm and identify yourself as human and back away slowly.  Please report human wildlife conflict to the Conservation Officer Service on 1-877-952-7277. For more information on grizzly bears and safety visit https://wildsafebc.com/grizzly-bear/

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