Grizzly bear sightings reported throughout Elkford

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.

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Trail runner bluff charged by grizzly and cubs last night on the Tamarac Trail

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.

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Bears and berries

Bears and berries

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.

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