Bear sighting reported on Pine Crescent last night in Fernie

I dont mind bears eating apples in my yard, whats the big deal?

This is a reply that I often get when I visit people with trees loaded with apples and rotting windfall fruit all over the ground!  Fire and smoke will be driving bears into town anytime now.  Bears will pass through our yards, we chose to live in bear country!  It is important however, that bear is not rewarded for being there.  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, bicyle 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.

So thanks for keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up or removing apple trees.   If you are unable to manage your fruit trees due to disability, illness, elderly or lack of equipment:  there is a group of volunteers able to assist you, contact applepickfernie@gmail.com or Wildsights’ Apple Capture Program http://www.wildsight.ca/branches/elkvalley/apple-press/

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

apple trees will attract bears to your yard

I dont mind bears eating apples in my yard, whats the big deal?

This is a reply that I often get when I visit people with trees loaded with apples and rotting windfall fruit all over the ground!  Fire and smoke will be driving bears into town anytime now.  Bears will pass through our yards, we chose to live in bear country!  It is important however, that bear is not rewarded for being there.  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, bicyle 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.

So thanks for keeping garbage away from bears and cleaning up or removing apple trees.   If you are unable to manage your fruit trees due to disability, illness, elderly or lack of equipment:  there is a group of volunteers able to assist you, contact applepickfernie@gmail.com or Wildsights’ Apple Capture Program http://www.wildsight.ca/branches/elkvalley/apple-press/

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

apple trees will attract bears to your yard

 

Cougar sightings on Matevic Road and bears on Sicamore Drive in Sparwood

Cougars have been seen on Matevic Road and Michel Creek road the last few days.  Bear sightings reported yesterday morning on Sicamore Drive.

For you own safety and to help keep wildlife wild thaks for keeping garbage indoors until collection day and clean up apple trees.

For more information on wildlife visit https://wildsafebc.com/

apple trees will attract bears to your yard

Cougar sighting on Broken Hip and Bear and cubs on Erics Trip

A cougar was reported earlier today on Broken Hip trail by the Scary Trail junction.  A bear and cubs have been hanging around the bottom of Erics Trip trail.

Fernie is Wildlife Country.  Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

For more information on wildlife safety go tohttps://wildsafebc.com/species/

 

 

60% of calls made to the Conservation Officer Service Hotline cite bears accessing garbage

60% of calls made to the Conservation Officer Service Hotline cite bears accessing garbage

Grizzly bears were seen throughout the day all over Elkford late last week and a hiker was bluff charged by a grizzly bear on the lost lake trail.  Although there have been no sightings of the grizzly bears the last few days be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

Between the start of 2014 and July 9 2017, there have been 26 128 Problem Wildlife Occurrence Reports (PWOR’s) regarding bears made to the Conservation Officer Hotline (RAPP) Report All Poachers and Polluters.  15 676 or 60% of the calls cited bears accessing garbage followed by 4 085 or 16%  bears accessing fruit trees.  It is obvious that garbage and fruit trees need better management.

Keeping garbage stored indoors until collection day 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.

Bottom line: Garbage, birdseed and pet food etc. attracts bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.

For more information on managing wildlife attractants go to https://wildsafebc.com/

 

 

 

 

Be prepared to share the trails with bears, cougars, moose and other trail users.

Be prepared to share the trails with bears, cougars, moose and other trail users.

Cougars, bears and moose have all been reported on trails throughout the Elk Valley the last few weeks.  This past long weekend cougar sightings were reported at the top of Lazy Lizard trail and by the parking lot of the Old Growth trail head on the way up to Island Lake Lodge.  All trails were closed for a period of time while the Conservation Officers investigated the area for a possible kill site.  Nothing was found so trails were reopened.

Last week a moose cow charged at a biker on a trail by Maiden Lake. The moose had been hanging around in the wetland, a great place to be on a hot sunny day.   She ran out onto the trail to investigate when she was startled by the biker.  Bear sightings were also reported on Montane Blue trail and Grizzly bears reported at the Elk Valley Regional Park and by SMS just south of Elkford.

As trail use continues to increase so will the potential for human/wildlife conflict.  It is especially important for everyone to be prepared to encounter wildlife and share the trail with other users including:  hikers, bikers, trail runners, horses etc…  The best way to prevent collisions is to slow down and call out when approaching blind corners or areas where the line of sight is poor, yield to uphill traffic and wildlife and never leave home without bear spray.

For more information on wildlife safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/

Mountain bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lazy Lizard trail and Island Lake Lodge trails now open

There were 3 cougar sightings at Island Lake Lodge yesterday.  Island Lake Lodge had 2 Conservation Officers survey the property in and around the sightings and it was determined to be unlikely that an animal carcass is in the area.  It is more likely that the cougar were passing through the area.  Trails on Island Lake Lodge property are open at this time.

Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.  Report human/wildlife conflict to the 24 hour Conservation Officer hotline on 1-877-952-7277

For more information on wildlife safety go t0https://wildsafebc.com/species/

 

Bear sighting reported on Montane Blue trail

Bear sighting reported on Montane Blue trail

Friday August 4th.  A bear sighting was reported at the end of Montane Blue trail (by River Road access) yesterday evening.  The bear turned around and walked away when they called out.  The cyclists turned around and took a differnt route down.  Thank you for for yielding to the bear and giving it space.

For more information about bears go to https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented

Bears seen in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, by the Ammonite trail and Josephine Falls

Bears seen in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, by the Ammonite trail and Josephine Falls

Expect to see bears near campgrounds

Wildlife update Monday July 31

Fernie

A bear and two cubs have been seen throughout the Mt Fernie Provincial Park, in the Sherwoody trail network area and by Dem Bones and Mushroom Head trail.  A bear and cub were also seen at the start of the trail to the Ammonite by the creek just off Coal Creek Road.

Elkford

Grizzly bear sightings have been reported by Josephine Falls.    

It is camping season.  Here a few things to remember when out camping.

To stay safe and protect the wilderness when camping in bear country, keep two goals in mind:

Preventing encounters with wildlife and keeping  a clean campsite.

Don’t

keep food, toiletries or anything that smells in your tent, this could attract bears.

Cook near your sleeping area

set up your tent on a wildlife travel path or near berry bushes.

Feed wildlife, ever

DO

Store food in lockers provided or in the trunk of your vehicle

Keep camp area clean and free of garbage

Clean up immediately after cooking

Backcountry camping

If you are camping in an undeveloped area use the triangle approach to setting up your campsite

Your tent, cook area and food storage should be 100 metres apart and form a triangle.

If possible your food should be hung 4m off the ground and 3 m away from a tree

Make sure your tent is not on a wildlife travel path or near berry bushes.

For more information go to https://wildsafebc.com/

 

 

 

 

Bear and cubs seen on Old Goat trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Bear and cubs seen on Old Goat trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Cyclists have reported seeing a bear and two cubs feeding in the huckleberry patches by Old Goat trail in the early evening.  Be prepared and expect to encounter bears in berry patches.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. 

At home:  keep garbage locked up between collection days, clean up fruit trees, secure BBQ’s and bring in bird-feeders.

On the trail:  Avoid surprise encounters, call out, clap or sing to warn wildlife and other trail users of your presence, don’t litter, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

For more information go to https://wildsafebc.com/