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Wildlife Corner: July 24

Wildlife sightings around the Elk Valley.  - Submitted
Wildlife sightings around the Elk Valley.
— image credit: Submitted

By Kathy Murray

Wildsafe B.C. Community Coordinator

 

Fernie

Many bear sightings have been reported in the last few days on trails in Fernie and in the Mt Fernie Provincial Park area: at the intersection of Lazy Lizard and Project 9, Stove Trail, Provincial Park campground, Lake Trail at Island Lake Lodge and Anderson Rd.

Sparwood

Grizzly cubs were reported feeding on birdseed on Lower Elk Valley Rd.  Bird feeders often become bear feeders; please feed birds during the winter months only.

The Elk Valley is wildlife country.

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 and 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.

Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict, visit www.wildsafebc.com.

 

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