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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.

Sparwood
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

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.
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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

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