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Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime. A hiker encountered a grizzly sow and her cub when hiking up Baldy loop at Island Lake Lodge. The bear bluff charged the hiker, a normal reaction for a bear defending her cub.

For more information on wildlife safety visit http://www.wildsafebc.comWildlife-Trailhead-poster

Tuesday August 26. A mountain biker surprised a mamma bear and cub at close range last night on Deadfall trail in Ridgemont. “I guess I surprised them. She stood up on her hind legs as I came around the corner and started lip / jaw smacking and huffing. Then the cub took off and she ran after it so it all ended well.”

The bear reacted defensively, defending her cub, her space and her food. Mountain bikers, remember, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters. Make noise when approaching blind corners, areas where the line of sight is poor or by creeks and berry patches to warn wildlife of your presence.

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

Monday August 25. Fortunately we’ve had a great berry crop this year in the Elk Valley and plenty of natural food for wildlife. Bears have been reported accessing non-natural food sources (garbage) in some Elk Valley communities
Let’s work together and take a proactive approach before the berries run out and garbage lures more bears into town. Thank you for taking some time to bear proof your property. The end result will be a safer and cleaner community for people and bears, and fewer bears needlessly destroyed.
Wildlife sightings
Fernie
Grizzly sow and cubs reported on Heiko’s trail.
Sparwood
Cougar sightings reported at Grave lake campground and by the CP rail station rest house.
Elkford
Bears reported accessing garbage on Balmer Crescent and Galbraith Drive.
We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observe 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 Ministry of Environment 24-hour 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 http://www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook.

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Sunday August 16. A black bear and cubs at the bottom of Hedonism Trail and a baby moose on Verbotten were reported by mountain bikers. Grizzly bear and cubs reported on a field east of Fernie just past the Garden Centre and bears accessing garbage at the Alderwood Apartments in Elkford.

Cougars were encountered by mountain bikers on Dem Bones and Kush trails in Fernie this past weekend. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

Cougar Safety Tips

Attacks by cougars are rare but can be fatal, especially if young children are involved. In all cases you must fight back as cougar attacks are always predatory and the cougar sees you as a meal. Use rocks, sticks or whatever you have at hand to protect yourself.

If you see a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter. Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line (1-877-952-7277) to report the incident.
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Sunday August 10. Black bear sightings reported by mountain bikers by Pete’s Bench at the top of Mushroom Head trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park.

South Country

Black and grizzly bear sightings reported on Tie Lake road and Caithness Mobile Home Park. Bears were attracted by chicken coops, unsecured garbage and berries.

Bears, like people, will choose the path of least resistance to get to a food source. Be prepared and expect to encounter bears on trails, roadsides, by berry bushes and near other natural and non-natural food sources.
bear family from fernie
To learn more about preventing human/wildlife conflict visit http://www.wildsafebc.com

Saturday July 26. Bear and cougar sightings reported on River Road extension by the Roots Trailhead. Wildlife, like people, will choose the path of least resistance to get to the berries. You will see bear scat, bear and cougar footprints all along River Road Extension. scat w berries

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