By Kathy Murray
WildSafeBC Community Coordinator
Elk Valley communities are located in prime wildlife habitat. We all enjoy living here and must always be aware of our surroundings and respectful of our environment. Thank you to everyone who is making an effort to prevent human-wildlife conflict. We have many new seasonal residents and visitors so it’s up to us who have been here a while to lead by example and help our new neighbours and friends.
At home: Store garbage in a secure garage or shed or inside your house until collection day, bring in bird feeders between May and November, clean your barbecues and manage all other attractants responsibly.
Hiking and biking: Make noise to warn wildlife of your presence, watch for fresh bear signs, travel in groups in daylight, do not litter on trails, carry bear spray and know how to use it
A Grizzly bear was seen in the rifle range parking lot on Coal Creek Rd. Black bears reported by the boat launch, Silver Ridge, Alpine Trail and Parkland Terrace.
A coyote attacked a dog last week on Old Stumpy Trail.
A cow moose has been seen by the tennis courts in James White Park.
Two grizzly bear cubs were seen feeding on an elk carcass by Highway 43 north of Sparwood. Black bears reported on Michel Creek Rd.
If you observe dangerous wildlife:
-accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
-that cannot be scared off
-in a public location such as a park or school during daylight hours
-a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area
Call the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277. For more information on keeping communities safe and wildlife wild, please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook, WildsafeBC Elk Valley.