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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.
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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

A brown colored black bear had to be trapped and destroyed in Ridgemont last week. The bear was initially just passing through back yards. This then escalated into conflict once the bear had easy access to food (garbage) left in backyards, on porches and under carports. This eventually led him to front porches and pushing through open windows potentially attempting to get into homes. Not a safe situation for people or bears. The removal of this bear doesn’t solve the problem, it simply opens up a niche for another one to move in as long as the garbage is around.

Here are the current options for the storage of garbage in Fernie.

 Keep garbage in a garage, shed or indoors between collection days.
 Smelly waste can be taken to the transfer station between collection days or put smelly items in a large Ziploc freezer bag and freeze the smelly stuff (fish, chicken) and then dispose of it on garbage day
 We have a manual garbage collection system in Fernie, therefore the large bear resistant cans with the latches are oversize and overweight for the garbage collector to lift and dump as per WCB. Unfortunately regulations also prevent the garbage collector to open the oversize can and pull out the garbage bags inside.
 The Tydee bin is a good option for outdoor storage of garbage in Fernie, go to http://www.bearaware.bc.ca/?q=conflict-prevention/bear-resistant-bins for details.
 I will be receiving an electrified residential size bear resistant container next week for testing. stay tuned for details.
 If you see a bear on your property let him know he is not welcome. Make noise, bang pots and pans together, use an air horn or other noise maker to scare him off if you feel it is safe to do so. Once the bear leaves double check to make sure there is nothing left out (food, garbage, birdfeeder, dirty BBQ, pet food) to attract him.
 Talk to your neighbours, new residents, families and friends and lets all work together to keep our neighborhoods safe for wildlife and people and prevent the needless destruction of wildlife.

Surrounded by mountains, forests and waterways, Fernie is situated in a spectacular location appealing to both people and wildlife. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime and remember that food provided by humans can entice animals and their predators into the community, compromising safety for wildlife and people.
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For more information on preventing wildlife/human conflict go to http://www.wildsafebc.com.

A small brown colored black bear (reported as a grizzly a few times) has been seen throughout the city of Fernie in public places, by the skate park and has been accessing unsecured food and garbage on front porches on Park Crescent, Mt Minton, Elkview Crescent,1st avenue and 1st street,4th avenue and Ridgemont.

For your own safety and to give this bear a chance don’t bait him into your house by leaving garbage on your porch, deck, under your carport or your backyard. Lock up the garbage or take it to the transfer station, Thank you.

We have many new residents in town, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to talk to neighbours, family and friends about the importance of locking up garbage and securing wildlife attractants in the community. Your actions do help keep wildlife wild and communities safe.

To report wildlife in conflict please call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)garbage kills bears

Monday June 9. Here is a summary of wildlife sightings reported the last few days.

Fernie
Bear sightings reported on trails in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, top of Fat Bastard and Happy Gilmar trails. A small brown colored black bear (reported as a grizzly a few times) has been seen throughout the city of Fernie; Park Crescent, Mt Minton, 1st avenue and 1st street and Ridgemont.

Sparwood
A grizzly bear was reported feeding on a deer carcass on Highway 43 by Grave Prairie.

Elkford
Bears reported accessing garbage in dumpsters left outside between collection days. Keep 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.

The Elk Valley is wildlife habitat. 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)
 Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray in a side holster)
 Walk in groups
 Keep dogs leashed and/or under voice control
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 wildlife safety go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

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