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Preventing human-bear conflicts in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country
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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

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