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Grizzly bear sightings reported the last few days on Lazy Lizard Trail in Fernie.  This is a popular family trail.

Fernie is Wildlife Country

The Safest Wildlife Encounter is One Prevented

Avoid surprise encounters: Call out, clap your hands, sing or talk loudly

Look for signs of wildlife: Tracks, droppings, diggings, claw-marked trees, torn-up logs, overturned rocks and food caches.

Travel smart: Stay in groups, stay on marked trails and travel in daylight.

Do not litter: Pack it in, pack it out.

Carry bear spray:  Keep it accessible and know how to use it as your last best defense.

Dog owners:  keep your dogs under control.  They may provoke defensive behavior in wildlife.

Cyclists:  speed and quietness put you at risk for sudden encounters.  Slow down and make noise.

Never Approach or Feed Wildlife

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

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit http://www.wildsafebc.com

Friday July 3rd.  A bear was seen by a mountain biker at the top of Red Sonja Trail this morning.  The biker chose to turn around and ride Swine flu instead.  Thank you for helping prevent human/wildlife conflict.  Make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprising them at close range and always leave the bear an esbear in tree smallercape route.

Come and visit our WildSafeBC display this afternoon at the farmers market in Sparwood between 4 and 8 pm to learn more about preventing human/wildlife conflict.

July 1st.  The small cinnamon colored bear with an injured front leg was seen by the entrance on the corner of Hand Avenue and Riverside Drive in West Fernie.  Make noise if choosing to enter the park to avoid surprising this bear at close range as the visibility is poor due to thick brush.  Bears will travel great distances to find food.  This young bear has made his way from James White Park, across the river to the Super 8 and back to West Fernie even with an injured leg.  Do not approach or feed the bear and always leave bears an escape route.  This bear is unable to climb trees to escape so may react defensively if surprised at close range.

Bear sightings also reported in Sparwood, on Matevic Road and on the trails at the old ski hill.

Thank you for helping keep wildlife wild by preventing encounters when out on the trails and keeping garbage indoors till collection day and bear proofing your property.  Happy Canada Day.  Drop by the WildSafeBc display today at the aquatic centre in Fernie to find out more about keeping wildlife wild and communities safe.

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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

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