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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.

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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.
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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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Berries are an important natural food source for bears. Did you know that a bear can eat up to 100 000 berries in one day? Berry pickers, be prepared and expect to encounter bears when out berry picking.

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) and walk in groups.
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If you encounter a Bear: Stay calm and do not run. Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side) and use your voice in a calm, assertive manner. Never turn your back on wildlife, back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route. Do not approach or feed wildlife.

Monday July 20. Many bear sightings have been reported the last few days on trails in Fernie and in the Mt Fernie Provincial Park area: intersection of Lazy Lizard and Project 9, Stove Trail, Provincial Park Campground, Lake Trail at Island Lake Lodge and Anderson road.

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Grizzly cubs reported feeding on birdseed on lower Elk Valley road. Bird feeders often become bear feeders, please feed birds during winter months only.

The Elk Valley is Wildlife Country
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
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Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.
For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit http://www.wildsafebc.com

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