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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

Friday July 18. Bear sightings reported in the Mt Fernie Provincial Park campground earlier today. Bear sightings also reported on lower Project 9 trail, Stove Trail and on Anderson Rd.

Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime!

Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime when living, visiting, working or recreating in prime wildlife habitat. Here are some simple guidelines to ensure wildlife remains wild and you remain safe. Thank you for sharing this information with your families, neighbours, friends and visitors in the Elk Valley.
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Monday July 14. A black bear and 2 cubs were reported on Mad Cow trail over the weekend and frequent sightings of a moose and her two claves on Gorby trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park.

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A cougar was reported in the green space behind Pinyon Road.

South Country
Black bear sightings reported on North tie lake road and a bear was reported accessing garbage in the back of a pickup truck at Tie Lake Campground.

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

Thursday July 10. A black bear was seen by a mountain biker on Far Side Trail in Fernie yesterday. Bikers, remember, your speed and quietness put you at risk for sudden encounters with wildlife and other trail users.
Make noise when approaching blind corners, thick brush, berry patches, by streams and where the line of sight is poor.

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

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