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Preventing human-bear conflicts in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and the South Country
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Lazy Lizard and all hiking trails at Island Lake Lodge closed until further notice

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:19

Friday August 4th.  Lazy Lizard and all hiking trails at Island Lake are closed while the Conservation Officer Service is investigating the area looking for a possible kill site following a number of cougar sightings throughout the day yesterday.

Thank you for respecting this closure for your own safety and the wildlife in the area.

For more information on cougar safety go to https://wildsafebc.com/cougar/

Bear sighting reported on Montane Blue trail

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:56

Friday August 4th.  A bear sighting was reported at the end of Montane Blue trail (by River Road access) yesterday evening.  The bear turned around and walked away when they called out.  The cyclists turned around and took a differnt route down.  Thank you for for yielding to the bear and giving it space.

For more information about bears go to https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented

Several Cougar sightings reported on Lazy Lizard trail in Fernie today

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 19:54

Thursday August 3.  Cougar sightings have been reported throughout the day around the top trail head up at Island Lake Lodgeand a little ways down the Lazy Lizard trail today.  A cyclist reported coming around a corner and literally riding over the cougars tail.

Cougar Safety tips

*Be Aware of the wildlife in the area

*Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter (use your human voice)

*Walk in groups

*Carry a walking stick (adults can carry Bear Spray deterrent in a side holster)

*Keep dogs leashed


If you encounter a Cougar:





*Pick up small children and small pets

*LET the Cougar know you are human-NOT prey

*Make yourself as large and as mean as possible

*Use your voice in a loud and assertive manner

*Back away slowly. Never turn your back on wildlife

*If the Cougar attacks, fight back with everything that you’ve got, it is a predatory attack

*Never approach or feed wildlife


       Report Sightings to 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on cell

Grizzly bear sightings at Elk Valley Regional Park and by SMS in Elkford

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:23

Grizzly bear sightings have been reported by the Elk Valley Regional Park just south of Elkford and by SMS the last few days.


Thanks to the kids for educating their parents about wildlife

had a wonderful time at the River View Market yesterday.  Thanks to everyone who dropped by to learn about wildlife and especially all the kids who are all so knowledgeable.  Remember, I am counting on you to remind your parents about the importance of preventing human/wildlife conflcit at home and on the trails.

Moose charged a biker by Maiden Lake in Fernie

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 07:36

A moose cow has been hanging around in the wetland behind Maiden Lake. She ran out onto the trail to investigate when she was startled by the biker.

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.
  • Drive cautiously, scanning for moose along roadsides, especially between dusk and dawn to avoid collisions.

For more information go to https://wildsafebc.com/moose/



Grizzly bear and 3 cubs just reported headed towards base of Mt Fernie Trail

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18

Monday July 31, 7:30 am.  A grizzly bear and 3 cubs of the year were seen early this morning headed towards the Mt Fernie trailhead.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. 

At home:  keep garbage locked up between collection days, clean up fruit trees, secure BBQ’s and bring in bird-feeders.

On the trail:  Avoid surprise encounters, call out, clap or sing to warn wildlife and other trail users of your presence, don’t litter, carry bear spray and know how to use it.


Bears seen in Mt Fernie Provincial Park, by the Ammonite trail and Josephine Falls

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 08:37

Expect to see bears near campgrounds

Wildlife update Monday July 31


A bear and two cubs have been seen throughout the Mt Fernie Provincial Park, in the Sherwoody trail network area and by Dem Bones and Mushroom Head trail.  A bear and cub were also seen at the start of the trail to the Ammonite by the creek just off Coal Creek Road.


Grizzly bear sightings have been reported by Josephine Falls.    

It is camping season.  Here a few things to remember when out camping.

To stay safe and protect the wilderness when camping in bear country, keep two goals in mind:

Preventing encounters with wildlife and keeping  a clean campsite.


keep food, toiletries or anything that smells in your tent, this could attract bears.

Cook near your sleeping area

set up your tent on a wildlife travel path or near berry bushes.

Feed wildlife, ever


Store food in lockers provided or in the trunk of your vehicle

Keep camp area clean and free of garbage

Clean up immediately after cooking

Backcountry camping

If you are camping in an undeveloped area use the triangle approach to setting up your campsite

Your tent, cook area and food storage should be 100 metres apart and form a triangle.

If possible your food should be hung 4m off the ground and 3 m away from a tree

Make sure your tent is not on a wildlife travel path or near berry bushes.

For more information go to https://wildsafebc.com/