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.

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apple trees will attract bears to your yard

Grizzly bear back in Elkford and cougar sightings on Lazy Lizard Trail

Grizzly bear sightings were reported on Chimo Crescent and Chauncy Ridge in Elkofrd yesterday.  A cougar was seen by a mountain biker at 10 am on Lazy Lizard Trail this past Saturday morning.  A black bear and cubs seen daily by Rosen Lake.

For your own safety

At home:  lock up your garbage, clean up fruit trees and  remove anything that might attract wildlife

On the trail:  Avoid surprise encounters, call out, clap, sing, don’t litter and carry bear spray.

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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.

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Cougar sighting in The Cedars early this morning

Cougar sighting in The Cedars early this morning

Tuesday August 22.  A large cougar was reported at 6:30 am this morning on a path in The Cedars by the Mt Fernie Provincial Park Campground.

Caution Cougars in Area

Cougars are wide ranging animals and may show up in urban settings from time to time. If they are passing through it is important they do not find food that may encourage them to stay.  Many urban incidents occur with young cougars that have not yet learned how to hunt effectively or older animals that can no longer hunt in the wilds.

  • Feed pets indoors and keep pets indoors, especially at night. Cats and small dogs that are left to free-range, hunt small birds and rodents and, in turn, become prey themselves.
  • Never feed deer or other possible prey species for cougars. While deer may be pleasant to watch, they can attract large predators such as cougars into residential neighborhoods. As well, urban deer present their own set of problems to you and your neighbors.
  • Cougars are most active during the period from dusk until dawn

If you encounter a Cougar

  • Pick up small children and small pets
  • Let the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey
  • Make yourself as large and as mean as possible
  • Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner
  • Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife
  • If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on cell.


Two cougars destroyed near Island Lake Lodge in Fernie

On August 12, 2017 the Fernie COS was forced to destroy two sibling immature cougars near the Island Lake Lodge. The approximately 2.5 year old cougars were destroyed due to the risk they posed to the general public. One healthy male and one underweight female cougar were destroyed by COs. The pair were sighted near the Island Lake Lodge area numerous times on separate occasion within a two week period. The cougars displayed abnormal behaviors by approaching the public and in one case a member of the public was forced to though rocks at one of the cougars in order to retreat to safety.

Cougar sighting in the Annex park last night, Grzzly bear on Fairy Creek trail this morning

A cougar sighting was reported by the off leash dog park in the Annex last night at about 9:30pm.  A grizzly bear was reported this morning at 11 am on the Fairy Creek trail about 300 meters from the visitor info center.  Two grizzly bears were reported feeding on a carcass on Fording River Road last night in Elkford.  A dozen by standers were taking photos and video contributing to the habituation of these bears.

We have chosen to live in wildlife habitat.  Please never approach wildlife and never feed wildlife.  Habituation and food conditioning leads to the needless destruction of bears.

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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.

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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

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Lazy Lizard and all hiking trails at Island Lake Lodge closed until further notice

Friday August 4th.  Lazy Lizard and all hiking trails at Island Lake are closed while the Conservation Officer Service is investigating the area looking for a possible kill site following a number of cougar sightings throughout the day yesterday.

Thank you for respecting this closure for your own safety and the wildlife in the area.

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