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I had the pleasure of spending the morning delivering the WildSafeBC program in French to the Ecole Sophie Morigeau students in Fernie. Thanks to all the kids and the teachers for their enthusiasm, knowledge and desire to prevent human/conflict in our community. Parents, expect the kids to be on the lookout for wildlife attractants on your property and in the neighborhood. Bear proofing your property will result in less wildlife in town, increased public safety, less potential for human/wildlife conflict and a subsequent reduction in the number of bears destroyed.

Thank you for your cooperation.french school

There have been fewer bear sightings in Fernie and Elkford this fall. Thank you to everyone who is making efforts to bear proof their properties. In Fernie we have noticed that putting garbage out on the curb the night before collection is no longer common practice. A handful of residences were found to have garbage out at night during 2 night patrols.

The District of Elkford has acquired 45 residential bear resistant containers available to households who have no garage or shed to secure garbage between collection days and all the communal dumpsters have been retrofitted with metal latches. This has resulted in less wildlife in the community, increased public safety, decreased potential for human/wildlife conflict and a subsequent reduction in the number of bears destroyed.

Thank you to a group of dedicated volunteers in Sparwood who are committed to engaging their families, neighbours and friends in the importance of securing garbage, picking fruit trees and working together to prevent human/wildlife conflict and the needless destruction of bears.

Recent wildlife sightings
Fernie
Grizzly and black bear sightings reported on Highline Drive and Timberline Crescent at F.A.R.
Sparwood
Bears reported behind the Causeway Bay Hotel and by the store in Sparwood Heights.
bear family from fernie
For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

A hunter was attacked and injured by a grizzly bear Sunday morning in Morrissey. It is unknown what provoked the attack.

Wildlife Sightings

Fernie
Bear sightings reported by the Coal Creek bridge and the Coal Creek boat launch. A cougar was seen on Ridgemont Crescent.

Sparwood
Bear sightings reported on Alpine Way and Hemlock road

Elkford
Bear sightings reported on Balmer Crescent

Jaffray
A grizzly bear and cubs was reported on a property on Hilderbrent road.

The Safest Wildlife Encounter is One Prevented

Avoid surprise encounters: Call out, clap your hands, sing or talk loudly
Look for signs of wildlife: Tracks, droppings, diggings, claw-marked trees, torn-up logs, overturned rocks and food caches.
Travel smart: Stay in groups, stay on marked trails and travel in daylight.
Do not litter: Pack it in, pack it out.
Carry bear spray: Keep it accessible and know how to use it as your last best defense.
Dog owners: keep your dogs under control. They may provoke defensive behavior in wildlife.
Cyclists: speed and quietness put you at risk for sudden encounters. Slow down and make noise.

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

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

Friday October 10. Bear sightings reported on Ridgemont Crescent in Fernie and Balmer Drive in Elkford. Thank you for checking your properties for anything that may attract wildlife. Garbage in the backyard, in the carport or on the deck is an open invitation for a bear to come into conflict with a family member or a pet. Remove the attractants and bears will move on and result in a safer and cleaner community for everyone.White bears Kristy Anonson 7

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

Monday October 6. A large black bear was seen on 4th street by third avenue at 11 pm last night. Bear sightings also reported on Pine Avenue, 2nd Avenue and West Fernie. Grizzly bears sightings reported on Dickens Road.

A large brown colored bear (reported as a grizzly) was seen in Sparwood Heights.

It is everyone’s responsibility to lock up garbage, clean up fruit trees and secure all other attractants. Helping your neighbours will ensure that your family and our wildlife remain safe. Thank you for your cooperation.

For more information on keeping wildlife wild and communities safe go to http://www.wildsafebc.combear sniffing garbage can

A black bear and 2 cubs lured into the community by fruit trees and garbage that have come into conflict with people had to be destroyed on Pine Avenue by the elementary school in Sparwoodbear eating apples. Let’s not blame the Conservation Officers who have to pull the trigger. We, the people who chose to live in bear country are responsible. Those of us who are mindful of their own garbage and backyard attractants are not off the hook. You could help further by inspiring your friends and neighbours to do the same

It is sadly not possible to relocate all bears that come into conflict with people. Relocation seldom works with bears as they often return to their home territory or become “problem” animals in other communities. In addition, trans located wildlife often fail to adapt to their new habitat and, as a result, may starve to death or be killed by animals that already occupy the area.

If you see a bear in your yard, slowly retreat into the house and ensure the house is secure. Once the bear has left, ensure that anything that may have attracted it is removed. Lock up the garbage, clean up the fruit trees, clean the BBQ and bears will move on back to the wilderness for natural food. The end result will be a safer and cleaner community for wildlife and people.

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

Monday September 29. A cougar sighting was reported by the community eco garden. 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.

Feed pets indoors or if fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as pet food may attract cougars. Keep your 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. Deer are one of the cougar’s primary food sources. If deer are abundant in an area, especially a wintering area, then there is a good possibility to find cougars using the same area.

Bears have been seen in backyards during the middle of the day on Mt Minton, on the Frisbee golf course, dike trail in the Annex Park, 4th Avenue, Castle Mountain Drive and Hand Avenue in Fernie.

Sparwood
A black bear and 2 cubs have been feeding on apple trees and garbage on Pine Avenue by the elementary school.
If you see a bear in your yard, slowly retreat into the house and ensure the house is secure. Once the bear has left, ensure that anything that may have attracted it is removed.
cougar kit by meg2
For more information on wildlife safety go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

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