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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

Deer are normally timid animals but if they become habituated to humans they can become a danger. Never approach or feed deer.
Female deer (does) can be aggressive during the fawning season (May and June).
If deer are responding to your presence, you are too close. Keep a distance of 15 to 20 metres.
If a deer does attack you, stay upright as they inflict injury by striking at their opponent with their sharp hooves. Cover your head with your arms and back off to some form of shelter.
Keep dogs on a leash, but if deer charge towards you drop the leash so the dog can escape and try to place a solid object (tree or car) between you and the deer.
Male deer (bucks) can be aggressive during the mating season (November and December)
Deer are especially hard to remove from a neighbourhood once they have established themselves, so it is important that deer do not feel comfortable in your yard.
A combination of landscaping with deer resistant plants, hazing techniques and fencing can help keep deer out of your yard.
Providing food (by intent or neglect) for wildlife is the root cause of an increase in wildlife/human conflict and is unlawful in BC.
Please report wildlife incidents when there is a threat to human safety to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline on 1-877-952-7277

Wildlife updates for the Elk Valley

Fernie
Black bear sightings reported on Stove Trail and a grizzly sow and cubs seen on the power line at the top of the Lazy Lizard Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park. Aggressive deer reported in the Annex.

Elkford
Bears reported accessing unsecured garbage on Alpine Drive. A moose was struck and injured on Fording Drive.
For your own safety please keep your garbage dumpsters in a garage or shed between collection days. Call the District of Elkford to obtain a bear resistant container if you don’t have a garage or shed to secure your garbage.

South Country
Bear sightings reported on North Tie Lake road and on properties on Highway 93 in Grassmere.
deer two in the yard
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.

Friday July 5th. A black bear was seen by mountain bikers near the top of Stove Trail this morning. A grizzly sow and cubs was reported at the top of Lazy Lizard on the power line a few days ago. Moose sightings on the Coal Discovery Trail.

Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime, anywhere! Make noise to warn wildlife and other trail users of your presence to avoid surprise encounters, especially in areas with thick brush, around blind corners, by streams, berry patches and anywhere the line of sight is poor. Carry bear spray, have it accessible and know how to use it. This is your best last defence.

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

Great to see so many people stopping by to learn more about preventing human /wildlife conflict. We had over 300 visitors at our displays at Elkford Wildcat days and Fernie Canada Day community events. Stop by and see us at Baynes Lake this Saturday and/or at Kikomun Creek Campground Amphitheatre for a wildlife biology and safety talk at 7pm this Saturday night.

Recent wildlife sightings, bears and cougars reported on Timberline Crescent at F.A.R. A large black bear and a smaller brown bear reported in Ridgemont. canda day w mt fernie

Monday June 30th. Wildlife sighting update.

Fernie

Bear sightings reported in Ridgemont, Fernie Mobile Home Park, Elkview Crescent and by the base area at Fernie Alpine Resort.

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.

Sparwood

A moose and two calves seen by Lilac Terrace and cougar sightings reported in the North end of town.

To learn more about wildlife and how to keep safe come and visit the WildSafeBC interactive display on Canada Day at Prentice Park in Fernie, Baynes Lake Market this Saturday and a wildlife safety talk at Kikomun Creek on July 5th at 7 pm in the park amphitheatre.
brown balck bear
For more information go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

Monday June 16. It is calving season for moose. Moose and their calves have been seen on Uprooted Trail and in the marshy area between the new dike and the river in West Fernie.

Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance and stay in areas where the line of sight is good (avoid the single track trails or areas with thick brush). Use caution when walking dogs, keep them on a leash and/or under voice control. Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

Thank you for keeping wildlife wild and people safe.

A mountain biker reported having a very close call with a bear as he was riding down Swine Flu on the weekend. He almost ran into the bear who was on one of the berms.

Mountain Bikers, remember that your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters with bears. Make noise to warn bears of your presence and slow down when approaching blind corners or where the line of sight is poor.

Carry bear spray in an accessible location and know how to use it. Canisters and holsters can be modified to fit onto bike frames or attached to the outside of camelbacks.

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

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