Bear sightings in Ridgemont Fernie, on Pine Avenue in Sparwood and in Tie Lake

  

Fernie

Bear sightings reported on 4th Avenue and on the Dike trail by the Leroux Mansion.  A bear and two cubs reported on Ridgemont Drive.  Bear sightings reported throughout the trail networks in Ridgemont, Montane and Mount Fernie Provincial Park.  If you are going hiking or biking be prepared to encounter bears anytime.

Sparwood                                                                                                    

Bear sightings reported by Lilac Terrace on Pine Avenue

Tie Lake

Bears reported climbing onto front decks and accessing chicken coops

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com                                                                   

 

 

 

Bear and cubs seen in on Ridgemont Drive

Recent wildlife sightings.  Bear sightings reported on 4th Avenue and on the Dike trail by the Leroux Mansion.  A bear and two cubs reported on Ridgemont Drive on the weekend.  Bear sightings reported throughout the trail networks in Ridgemont, Montane and Mount Fernie Provincial Park.  If you are going hiking or biking be prepared to encounter bears anytime.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com

Bear sightings on the dike trail by Dogwood Park and the Leroux Mansion Fernie

Bear sightings have been reported on the dike trail by Dogwood Park and the Leroux Mansion.  Thanks for keeping garbage indoors until collection day, cleaning up fruit trees and securing attractants.  If you see a bear and the bear sees you, speak in a low voice to let the bear know you are human and back away slowly.

For more information on bear safety visit https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/

Third grizzly bear destroyed this year in the Elk Valley and hikers bluff charged by a grizzly bear and cubs on Mt Baldy trail.

We, the people, contributed to the death of this bear by approaching it or feeding it, by intent or neglect with garbage left outdoors and apples on the tree or windfall fruit rotting on the ground!   Repeated exposure to people lead to the grizzly bear posing a threat to human safety and ultimately its death.

Why don’t we just move bears out of town so they can live in the forest?  The Conservation Officer Service used to regularly trap and relocate bears.  Then, in the late 1980’s this practice was questioned.  As a result, relocated bears were marked with an ear tag when they were released.  Some were radio collared and tracked.  Two things became apparent:

-The survival rate of relocated bears was very low.  The bears often fail to adapt to their new habitat and may starve to death or be killed by animals that already occupy the area.

-Most relocated bears were finding their way back into their original home territory or become “problem” animals in other communities.

Relocating bears is not a solution.  Keeping garbage stored indoors until collection day, cleaning up fruit trees and securing wildlife attractants is the best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary killing of bears that come into conflict with people.

Recent Wildlife sightings:

Fernie

Two hikers were bluff charged by a grizzly bear and cubs on Mt Baldy trail.  Bear sightings reported in James White Park and at the top of Cemetery Bypass trail, Montane trails and Stove trail.

Elkford

A second grizzly bear has been reported throughout Elkford.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafwbc.com

 

 

 

BC goes wild weekend. Learn how to use bear spray today at the Fernie Fall Fair

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).  Sunday September 17th at 1:30 pm at the Fernie Chatauqua Fall Fair at City Hall

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 and respond accordingly) and not give in to the instinct to run (which can invoke the chase instinct).

Got apples?  Feed familieis not bears.  Bring your apples and use the apple press to make apple juice for free today at the Fernie Fall Fair.

Lock up your garbage, clean up your fruit trees and bears will move on.

apple trees will attract bears to your yard

Learn how to use bear spray this Saturday at 1:30pm at the Fernie Fall Fair at City Hall

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).  Saturday September 17th at 1:30 pm at the Fernie Chatauqua Fall Fair at City Hall

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 and respond accordingly) and not give in to the instinct to run (which can invoke the chase instinct).

For more information contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, fernie@wildsafebc.com

 

 

Feed families not bears! Got apples? Make juice for free at the Fernie Fall Fair this Saturday

Bring in  your Fernie apples and use the apple press at the Fernie Fall Fair this Saturday between 10 and 2 pm at the Fernie City Hall. Bring freshly picked apples, windfall fruit may contain bacteria, put the apples through the apple press and get the most amazing apple juice.  For more information go to http://ferniechautauqua.com/fallfair/

Fernie apples make great juice

Collared Grizzly bear is feeding on apples in Elkford, bears in the Annex Park in Fernie. Your apple tree is your responsibility!

Your apple tree is your responsibility!  Trees loaded with fruit and windfall fruit on the ground are baiting grizzly bears into Elkford neighborhoods, black bears in the Annex Park in Fernie and jeopardizing the safety of your family and of the bears.  Feeding dangerous wildlife (by intent or neglect) is an offence in BC.  Bears will pass through our yards; we chose to live in bear country!  It is important however, that the bear is not rewarded for being there.  If your neighbours are unable to deal with their tree due to illness, disability, elderly etc… help them out!  The safety of your neighborhood depends on it.

When a bear gets food (garbage and apples) in your yard, it doesn’t know that your tolerance for bears is higher than your neighbours.  It learns that a house, lawn, bicycle and the faint smell of people comes with an easy meal.  It eats, learns and moves on.  Eventually it will find itself somewhere it is not welcome.  And when bears and humans are in conflict, the bear dies nearly every time.

Owning a fruit tree in bear country is a big responsibility.  Pick fruit daily as it ripens or pick it before it ripens if you don’t intend on using it and don’t allow fruit to accumulate on the ground.  Pruning your fruit trees will result in a better and more manageable quality of fruit.   Dispose of excess apples responsibly; take them to the transfer station.  Consider using an electric fence to protect your fruit trees.  If you no longer want to manage your tree, consider replacement with a native, non-fruit bearing variety.

For more information on preventing human wildlife conflict go to https://wildsafebc.com/

 

 

 

 

Collared Grizzly bear feeding on apples in Elkford backyards.

One of the collared grizzly bears, part of a study has been reported throughout Elkford feeding on apples in backyards. Biologists are currently studying the way grizzly bears use the landscape in the Elk Valley and how they interact with people.  The results of the study will be used to make suggestions on how to minimize interactions with people based on the data.

Keep garbage indoors and clean up fruit trees, bears will move on!