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Wednesday October 16th.
garbage kills bears Fernie
The trail between the Ridgemont condo’s and Overwaitea is closed until further notice. Please respect this closure, keep our bears wild and our community safe. Black bear and 3 cubs reported throughout Ridgemont. Bear sightings also reported on Mc Donald and Riverside Drive in West Fernie, on the dike trail by Coal Creek Bridge, 9th, 10th and 11th ave in the Annex and in the park. There have been no signs of the injured grizzly or her cubs in Mt Fernie Provincial Park. The closure is no longer in effect however please be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife and take due care and responsibility.

Sparwood
Bear sightings reported on White Birch Crescent
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Elkford
Bears reported on Fording Drive and Balmer Crescent

Hosmer
A bear has been reported damaging an outdoor freezer to access the contents.

South Country
A grizzly was reported breaking into a chicken coop in Grassmere and grizzly sightings reported at Edwards Lake. A bear broke into a car to get to the garbage that was left in the car in Jaffray.

Tuesday October 15th. welsh brown bear
Fernie
Black bear and 3 cubs reported in Ridgemont. Use caution on the trail between the Ridgemont condo’s and Overwaitea, bears have been seen in the area, avoid the trail after dark. Bear sightings also reported on Mc Donald in West Fernie, on the dike trail by Coal Creek Bridge and in the Annex Park. Mt Fernie Provincial Park is still closed until further notice due to an injured grizzly and her 2 cubs in the area.
Sparwood
Bear sightings reported on White Birch Crescent.
Elkford
Bears reported on Fording Drive and Balmer Crescent
Hosmer
A bear has been reported damaging an outdoor freezer to access the contents.
South Country
A grizzly was reported breaking into a chicken coop in Grassmere and grizzly sightings reported at Edwards Lake.

Jaffray
A bear broke into a car to get to the garbage that was left in the car.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.
* Be aware of the 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)
* Walk in groups
* Keep dogs leashed

If you encounter a Bear:

* STAY CALM
* DO NOT RUN
* Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side)
* Use your voice in a calm, assertive manner.
* Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
* Never turn your back on wildlife
* Do not approach or feed wildlife

For more information on keeping wildlife wild and communities’ safe go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

Friday October 11.

Fernie
Black bear and 3 cubs reported in Ridgemont. Bear sightings also reported on Mc Donald in West Fernie, on the dike trail by Coal Creek Bridge and in the Annex Park. Mt Fernie Provincial Park is still closed until further notice due to an injured grizzly and her 2 cubs in the area.
Sparwood
Bear sightings reported on White Birch Crescent.
Elkford
Bears reported on Fording Drive
Jaffray
A bear broke into a car to get to the garbage that was left in the car.

For more information on keeping wildlife wild and communities safe go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

Wednesday October 9th.
Fernie

Bears reported at the Fernie Mobile Home Park, behind the aquatic centre, James White Park, throughout Ridgemont , Mt Proctor, Hand Avenue in West Fernie and 5th street.
Sparwood

Bear sightings reported by the recreation centre and on Aspen Drive. A cougar with a cat in its mouth was reported in Mountainview mobile home park in Sparwood.

Elkford
Bears reported on Alpine Drive.

Monday October 7. Thanks to Kindergarten students and teachers at IDES in Fernie. I am always so impressed with how passionate and knowledgeable Elk Valley kids are about our wonderful environment and community. Kids, remember, our wildlife is counting on you to help your families, friends and neighbours bear proof their properties and reduce human/wildlife conflict. Parents, kids will be coming home to make sure the garbage is locked up and the fruit trees are picked!

WildSafeBC will be at Ecole Sophie Morigeau doing WildSafeBC in French tomorrow and at Elkford Elementary School on Wednesday.

To learides kindern more about preventing human/wildlife conflict visit http://www.wildsafebc.com. To book a presentation for a group, school or special event contact fernie@wildsafebc.com

Friday October 4, 5pm. Mt Fernie Provincial Park remains closed until further notice, possibly until October 14th. A grizzly sow was shot and injured in self-defence by hikers. The injured grizzly and her cubs have not been found yet and there is a moose carcass in the area. Access to the park is closed on the ski hill side of Lizard Creek (Gorby Trail network).
Fernie
Bears reported at the Fernie Mobile Home Park, James White Park, Ridgemont Avenue, Mt Proctor and 5th street.
Sparwood
A cougar with a cat in its mouth was reported in Mountainview mobile home park in Sparwood last night.
Elkford
Bears reported on Alpine Drive.

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

Autumn is when human/wildlife conflict reaches a peak. We receive calls, emails , text messages, facebook posts, twitter feeds… throughout the Elk Valley and South Country about bears accessing unsecured garbage and apple trees.
Carelessly stored garbage and apple trees are the root causes of bear human conflict in Fernie. What is the problem with bear’s eating apples? Apples are a fine food source for bears. They are very similar to many natural foods that bears normally eat. The problem is that most apple trees are located in people’s yards. Bears are natural scavengers, have great memories, a keen sense of smell and will remember an easy food source. Carelessly stored garbage, birdfeeders, dirty BBQ’s and fruit trees are open invitations to bears.

We have chosen to live in bear country. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our community remains safe and our wildlife stays wild. It is great to see that on many occasions neighbours are working together to prevent wildlife /human conflict. The best example of this is neighbours helping each other out with cleaning up apple trees. It is an excellent opportunity to get to know your neighbours and helping someone, especially elderly people can be very rewarding.

Fernie apples are ripe and bears are passing through town in search for easy food sources. . Owning a fruit tree in bear country is a big responsibility. Pick fruit daily as it ripens or pick it before it ripens if you don’t intend on using it and don’t allow fruit to accumulate on the ground. Pruning your fruit trees will result in a better and more manageable quality of fruit. Consult your local arborist. Dispose of excess apples responsibly, take them to the compost bin at the transfer station, it is free! Or, consider replacing un-harvested, aged or orphan fruit trees with decorative or shade trees.

Got apples or want apples?
bear eating apples
The Community Ecogarden Apple Exchange connects people who want or have apples. Did you know that more than 300 properties in Fernie have apple trees! Check out the online apple exchange http://www.ecogarden.ca to list your tree or find trees that need to be picked. Let’s work together to feed families, not bears.

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