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Preventing human-bear conflicts in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country
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Is your bird feeder a bear feeder?

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:44

“Why do I need to bring in my birdfeeder”? We ask everyone to bring bird feeders inside during bear season (April to November), when birds have plenty of wild food sources and feeders can easily attract bears right into your yard or on to your deck.  Why do bears go for bird feeders? One pound of birdseed contains approximately 1700 calories and the average bird feeder will hold up to six pounds of bird seed.
A hungry bear is biologically programmed to pack in as many calories as possible. It takes a bear many hours of foraging on natural foods to get the 12 000 plus calories it can down in five minutes at a bird feeder.

Keeping garbage indoors between collection days, cleaning your BBQ after each use, bringing in bird feeders and securing all other attractants will result in a cleaner and safer community for people and bears.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzly, black bears, moose and cougars all reported in recreational areas over the weekend.

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:49

We choose to recreate in wildlife country!  A cougar was seen by the bike park in Fernie on Saturday evening, brown colored black bear and 2 cubs seen on Kush, moose cow and calf seen at the top of Gorby and a cyclist had an encounter with a grizzly bear on the Trans Canada trail past Wardner.

Be prepared and expect to enocutner wildlife anytime and have your bear spray accessible, ideally in a holster on your person just in case you get seperated from your bike.

For more information on wildlife go to www.wildsafebc.com

Bikers, bears, berries and collisions!

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:14

Boo to the downhill bikers that I almost had a full on collision with early this morning.  You are lucky I wasn’t a bear feeding in a berry bush!  Thanks to the next group of downhill bikers who were calling out, warned me of their presence, slowed down and pulled over to let me keep on climbing up the trail.

I was out surveying the berry crop.  A great berry crop will provide lots of natural food for bears and hopefully result in a reduction in human/wildlife conflict.  If you are out berry picking, hiking, or biking through berry patches be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime.

Thanks for helping keep wildlife wild and communities safe and practicing good multi trail use etiquette.

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

Bears reported accessing garbage in open and overflowing bear resistant dumpsters

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 08:17

Bear resistant dumpsters are only as bear resistant as the users!  We’ve had reports of bears accessing garbage from bear resistant dumpsters that were left open and/or overflowing with garbage.  The dumpster is only bear resistant if it closed and latched properly.  If the bin is full please do not dump garbage next to it.  Take it to another location, the bear resistant bins at F.A.R. in parking lot #4, the transfer station on Highway 3 or the public bins at City Hall, the arena or the aquatic centre.

Businesses please ensure that bins are emptied on a regular basis.   You may need to schedule an extra pick up after a busy weekend.  Thank you for ensuring that all of your guests are informed about the responsible disposal of garbage in bear country.   If you need support with this please contact fernie@wildsafebc.com.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzly bear sightings reported on Swine Flu trail this morning

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 13:29

There have been two reports of grizzly bear sightings on Swine flu Trail this morning.  Make noise to avoid surprising bears at close range, travel in groups during daylight and have bear spray ready and accessible just in case.

For more information on staying safe in bear country go to www.wildsafebc.com

Learn how to use bear spray. Thursday July 5th, 6pm Fernie Bike Park Gazebo

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 09:28

Are you planning on heading out on the trails?   Do you have bear spray accessible and how confident are you if you need to use it?  WildSafeBC will be running a “how to safely use bear spray” session, tomorrow, Thursday July 5th at 6pm at the Bike Park Gazebo behind the aquatic centre in Fernie, free of charge.  This is a great opportunity to come and get hands on practice with inert bear spray (bear spray without the pepper).

For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com.

Grizzly or black bear? How do you tell the difference?

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:31

It can be difficult to tell the difference between black and grizzly bears.  Brown colored bears are often reported as grizzly bears but remember that black bears come in a variety of colors-everything from the white Kermode bear through their namesake black and every shade of brown in between.  Black bears have longer pointed ears, short dark claws, a straight face profile and their muzzle is usually lighter in color.  Grizzly bears also have a variety of colors ranging from black to almost blonde.  Grizzly bears have long light colored claws, shorter rounded ears, a dished face profile and a shoulder hump.

Whether it is a black or a grizzly bear, if it is surprised at close range it is likely to react defensively.  That is why it is important to make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprise encounters and have bear spray ready and accessible just in case.

For more information on bears go to www.wildsafebc.com

Grizzly and black bears reported on Fernie trails over the July long weekend.

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:50

Tuesday July 3.  Grizzly bear reported on Swine Flu on Saturday later in the evening.  Small cinnamon cub and a larger cinnamon bear seen throughout the Montane trail network.  Brown colored bear with two cubs on Coal Discovery Trail, reported as grizzly bears.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between black and grizzly bears.  Brown colored bears (like the one in the photo) are often reported as grizzly bears.  Whether it is a black or a grizzly bear, if it is surprised at close range it is likely to react defensively.  That is why it is important to make noise to warn bears of your presence and avoid surprise encounters and have bear spray ready and accessible just in case.

For more information on bears go to www.wildsafebc.com

Biker was bluff charged by a mama bear on Sidewinder trail last night

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 06:46

Monday June 25.  A mountain biker who was alone and calling out still surprised a mama bear and cub on a switchback on Sidewinder trail in Ridgemont last night. The cub ran up a tree and the mama bear bluff charged the mountain biker.  This is normal defensive behaviour for a bear defending her cub.  Grizzly bear sighting reported on Fairy Creek Falls trail.

Are you planning on heading out on the trails?   Do you have bear spray accessible and how confident are you if you need to use it?  WildSafeBC will be running a “how to safely use bear spray” sessions for the Fernie Women on Wheels group this Wednesday June 27 and for the public next Thursday July 5th at 6pm at the Bike Park Gazebo behind the aquatic centre in Fernie, free of charge.  .  This is a great opportunity to come and get hands on practice with inert bear spray (bear spray without the pepper).  For more information contact fernie@wildsafebc.com.

Caution. Reports of a moose charging a biker on Lazy Lizard Trail

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:05

Friday June 22.  A mountain biker reported being charged by a moose on the Lazy Lizard Trail yesterday.  Notices have been posted at the trail head.  Dogs chasing wildlife can provoke defensive behaviour.  Thank you for avoiding this trail with dogs.

For more information on moose safety go to www.wildsafebc.com

moose deserve their space and privacy

Please do not approach the young female moose in the Annex pond in Fernie.

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:39

Wednesday June 20.  Thank you for not apporaching, or photographing this young moose in the Annex pond.  For the safety of the public and the moose, the area around the Annex pond will be closed unitl further  notice.   Thank you for respecting this closure.

Moose Safety Tips

  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find 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.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash.  Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

For more information on wildlife go to ww.wildsafebc.com

 

 

 

Large black bear on the hunt for easy food in Fernie

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:32

A large black bear has been reported on Slalom Drive, Mt Trinity and up in Ridgemont.  Bears will travel great distances for food.  If you have garbage stored outdoors, even an empty can with residue odor, a dirty BBQ, bird feeders which often become bear feeders or any other attractant then you can expect bears to come and investigate.  Do you know of someone in your neighborhood attracting bears? Please do contact Bylaw Services.  Bylaw Enforcement is complaint driven and will remain anonymous.  Unfortunately in many cases education needs to be backed up by power of enforcement.

Working together will result in a cleaner and safer community for wildlife and people.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the WildSafeBC display at Baynes Lake Market

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:03

The first Baynes Lake Market this season was a great opportunity to talk and learn about current wildlife issues.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by.  WildSafeBC will be teaching staff how to prevent wildlife encounters and how to use bear spray at Fernie Alpine Resort this week.

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

 

Grizzly sow and cubs seen on Mt Fernie Trail

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:00

Mountain bikers, your speed and quietness put you at greater risk for sudden encounters

A grizzly and two cubs were reported half way up Mt Fernie trail yesterday.  Bears will travel great distances for food and prefer the path of least resistance, trails!  Be prepared and expet to encounter wildlife anytime.  Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence, travel in groups and have bear spray accessible just in case.

Visit www.wildsafebc.com com for more safety tips.

Please keep your dogs on leash when travelling through Mt Fernie Provincial Park Campground

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:56

The Mt Fernie Provincial Park Rangers are asking that all dogs be kept on leash when passing through the campground at all times.

Remember that dogs chasing wildlife may provoke defensive behaviour.

For more information on wildlife go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

The Lake Trail at Island Lake Lodge will be closed until further notice due to a moose cow reacting defensively to protect her calf.

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:47

Monday June 11.  After two reported incidents of a moose cow charging at hikers on the Lake Trail, the trail has been closed until further notice ( two weeeks) to protect the public and the moose cow and calf.  Thank you for respecting this closure.

Moose Safety Tips

  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find 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.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash.  Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

 

 

 

 

Grizzly bear and cubs at Cutts camprground at Lake Kookanusa and grizzly at the Tie LakeTransfer Station

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 13:09

Friday June 8.  Lake Kookanusa is grizzly bear country.  Are you going camping this weekend? Don’t keep food or toiletries in your tent, don’t cook near your sleeping area, don’t FEED any wildlife ever, Don’t leave food in your camping area unattended.

Do store food in lockers provided or the trunk of your vehicle, do keep camping area clean and free of garbage, do read and follow any notices posted by campground attnendants.

For  more information  on camping and recreation in bear country visit www.wildsafebc.com

 

Bear accessing garbage on Slalom Drive and bear cub seen all over town and on Ridgemont bike trails

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:45

Wednesday June 6.  WildSafeBC and Bylaw Services have been around town in areas with current bear activity to deliver an educational message reminding people to keep garbage indoors between collection days.  We had many conversations with residents and are aware that there are many potential barriers to keeping garbage away from bears, (seniors, disabilities, no shed, no garage, no transport etc…).  We are pleased to report that many people are making great efforts and thank you.  It is up to us as a community to work together and help each other out.  We have chosen to live in bear country.

A bear was accessing garbage on Slalom Drive last night and dragging it up the bank.  Let’s hope that no one’s pet or child gets between the bear and his easy food source.  A cub has been seen all over town and on the bike trails. There is no mama bear around that we know of.

For more information on keeping wildlife wild go to www.wildsafebc.com

 

If you don’t want bears on your doorstep keep your new Fernie garbage cart indoors until collection day

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 08:52

Garbage left under the carport, on the porch, in the backyard will attract bears to your property, jeapardize your personal safety, the safety of your negihbourhood and potentially contribute to the needless destrcution of bears.

Thank you for keeping your garbage cart indoors between collection days.  WildSafeBC and Bylaw Services will be patrolling neighborhoods this week

Reports of people harassing moose and calf by Maiden Lake. Bears seen by the bike park gazebo and on 3rd avenue by the fire hall in Fernie.

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:33

eenagers Teenagers were reported throwing rocks at the moose and calf behind Maiden Lake.  The area has been closed off until further notice.  Moose sightings also reported by the Fairy Creek Bridge and in James White Park.  Bears seen behind the bike park gazebo and by the Firehall.  A grizzly bear was reported by bikers at the bottom of Project 9 trail by the Lazy Lizard intersection.

Moose Safety Tips

  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find 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.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash.  Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

 

 

 

 

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