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There is a small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg.  He was seen on Castle mountain drive, in James White Park and has now travelled across the river to the wooded area behind the Super 8 Motel in Fernie.  This young bear is not able to climb trees due to his injured leg.  Please do not approach or feed the bear.  Give him space, back away and leave him an escape route. Don’t bait him to your property, keep your garbage indoors till collection day and remove all other attractants.

Bear sightings also reported on Dem Bones Trail in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild and our community safe

Friday June 26.  There is a small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg.  He has been seen on Castle mountain drive and was headed towards James White Park via the Trans Canada trail just past Castle Mountain Condos.  This young bear is not able to climb trees due to his injured leg.  Please do not approach or feed the bear.  Give him space, back away and leave him an escape route. Don’t bait him to your property, keep your garbage indoors till collection day and remove all other attractants.

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild and our community safe.

Thursday June 25.  A bear with cubs was seen at the top of view trail by Black Forest in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, a small bear was seen last night on Far Out in Mt Proctor area and a bear and cubs also seen on |Montane Trail yesterday.

Bear sightings also reported in Sparwood behind Lodge Pole mobile home park and behind Sparwood Heights.  There have been no other reported sightings of the grizzly bear seen by the firehall on Pine Avenue a few days ago.

Bears, like people, will choose the path of least resistance.  When out on the trails be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

For more information on wildlife and safety visit http://www.wildsafebc.combear family from fernie

Come and see us atIsland lake lodge pres our WildSafeBC display at community events to learn about and discuss preventing human/wildlife conflict.

-Elkford. Saturday June 27 at Wild Cat Days

-Fernie. Canada Day event at the aquatic center

-Sparwood. Friday July 3rd Farmers Market

-Baynes Lake. Saturday July 4 Farmers Market.

WildSafeBc presentations on wildlife biology, safety and hands on practice using inert bear spray

– Fernie Alpine Resort. Wednesday June 24

-Fernie. Roll and sole trail festival Sunday June 28 at the station square at 10am.

For more information, to book a presentation for your group or invite us to your community event contact fernie@wildsafebc.com

Wednesday June 24. Grizzly bear sightings reported last night by the Fire hall on Pine Avenue in Sparwood   Do not approach or feed the bear.

     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

We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment. If you observed 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.

Monday June 22.  moose n calfA moose and her 3 week old calf are at the campground in Mt Fernie Provincial Park.  They have been hanging around by the interpretive trail bridge and by campsites 1 and 2.  The moose bluff charged an off leash dog and the owner in order to defend her calf. Do not approach or feed the moose and calf and give them space and privacy.  Dog owners, please keep your dogs on leash when going through the provincial park.  Thanks for helping keep this moose and calf wild and people safe.

Moose Safety Tips

Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance.  Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled, especially females with calves.  Given the sheer size and strength of these animals, moose are capable of inflicting serious injuries.

  • Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they have an escape route.
  • If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
  • Moose will attack dogs as they view them in the same category as their natural predator, the wolf. Keep your dog leashed if moose are in the area.
  • Perhaps the biggest threat that moose pose to human safety is through vehicle collisions. Protect yourself by adjusting your speed in areas where moose are known to frequent especially between dusk and dawn.

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

Wednesday June 17.  A grizzly bear has been seen by the public works yard and behind the recreation center on Pine Avenue in Sparwood this morning.  Do not approach or feed the bear.  Lets work together to keep this bear wild and the community safe.  Keeping garbage stored indoors until collection day and securing wildlife attractants is the best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary killing of bears that come into conflict with people.

Bottom line: Garbage, birdseed and pet food etc. attracts bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.

Complying with local bylaws and securing bear attractants will result in a cleaner and safer community for bears and people.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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

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