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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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Tuesday June 16.  A grizzly bear has been reported by the old ski hill.  Lets work together to keep this bear wild and the community of Sparwood safe for wildlife and people.  Garbage accessible to wildlife is the root cause of human/bear conflict.  Garbage on your porch, under your carport, on the curb at night or in your backyard is an open invitation for a bear to come and investigate and eventually leads to the destruction of the bear.

Keep your garbage indoors until the day of collection and secure all other attractants (bird feeders, dirty BBQ’s, pet food etc…)Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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The end result will be a cleaner and safer community for wildlife and people.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the WildSafeBC display at Coal Miner Days in Sparwood.  Great to see how many residents are interested in reducing human/wildlife conflict. It was a pleasure to be invited to such a great event.  Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for a tremendous effort.photo (3)

Saturday June 13.  A grizzly bear and cubs have been seen on Old Stumpy Trail and at the bottom of Southern Comfort Trail by the Sheep Barn on Cokato Rd in Fernie.

For more information on preventing encounters with wildlife and wildlife safety go to http://www.wildsafebc.com

Wednesday June 10.  A grizzly sow and 2 cubs (yearlings) were seen by mountain bikers earlier today on Ecoterrorist trail in Ridgemont.  Remember to make noise (call out) especially when approaching blind corners or where the line of sight is poor to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprising bears at close range.

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

Tuesday June 9.  There have been no further recent reports of bears in the area so Gorby Trail and surroundings have been reopened. Please use caution as always and be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.

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

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

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.

Moose Safety Tips

  • 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 keeping wildlife wild and communities safe visit http://www.wildsafebc.com

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