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:
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.
A second grizzly bear has been reported throughout Elkford.
For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafwbc.com
Grizzly bears have been seen throughout Elkford, black bears on Pine Crescent in Fernie and cougars in Sparwood. Wildfires are driving wildlife into our communities. There is a lot of discussion about providing water or food to wildlife displaced by wildfires.
Wildfire and wildlife populations have evolved together over hundreds of thousands of years. We need to step back and allow natural systems to sort themselves out. Putting water out is providing an attractant and another reason for wildlife to stop and to stay in a neighbourhood – this is not safe for anyone in the neighbourhood and could ultimately lead to the destruction of the very wildlife that one is trying to help.
Displaced wildlife will seek out and find new areas that are suitable for them. Interfering with this natural process, while well-meaning is short-sighted and can lead to long term issues. Removing attractants is the only proven effective way to keep people safe and wildlife wild.
Tuesday September 5th. Grizzly bears have been reported on Newgate, Natal and Needles Crescent the last two evenings. Keep all garbage inaccessible to the bears, clean up the apple trees and secure all other attractants.
The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area.
Make Noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush)
- Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
- Walk in groups
- Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control
If you encounter a Bear:
- STAY CALM
- DO NOT RUN
- Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)
- Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.
- Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
- Never turn your back on wildlife
- Do not approach or feed wildlife
Report grizzly bear sightings to 1-877-952-7277
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.
For more information go to https://wildsafebc.com/
Two grizzly bears have been seen throughout the District of Elkford. Please ensure that all garbage is kept indoors away from the grizzly bears and all other attractants are secured.
We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observed dangerous wildlife
- accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
- that cannot be scared off
- a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area
Call the Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24 hr hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.
For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook WildSafeBC Elk Valley.
Tuesday August 8. A trail runner was bluff charged by a grizzly bear and cubs last night at about 8:30pm 200 meters from the summit of the Tamarac Trail. The grizzly and cubs bluff charged him and ran in the other direction. Normal defensive behavior for a grizzly bear defending her cubs, food and space. Fortunately the lone trail runner who was calling out about every 50 meters and had bear spray was well prepared and escaped without injury.
For more information on wildlife safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/species/
Monday July 24. Late July, most years, indicates an important change in a bear’s diet. Saskatoon berries, huckleberries, raspberries and others offer bears a concentrated supply of high energy food. Did you know that a bear can consume up to 100 000 berries in one day?
If you are travelling through ripe berry bushes be prepared and expect to encounter bears. Grizzly bear sightings have been reported on Phat Bastard and Heiko’s trail, black bear sightings reported on S-Bomb and Mad Cow trails in Fernie.
The safest bear encounter is one prevented. Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence and avoid surprise encounters, especially in areas with thick brush, poor visibility and berry patches.
For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com