• A black bear sow and three cubs (one white, one black, and one cinnamon-coloured cub) were seen near the RCMP station.
• Bears attracted by unsecured garbage have been seen on Cassiar Drive.
• Bears have been getting into unsecured garbage at the Fernie Mobile Home Park. Please store all garbage in a shed or indoors, or take it to the transfer station.
• Bears have been seen early in the morning at James White Park by the tennis courts and baseball diamonds.
• Bears have been seen on Parkland Drive.
•A black bear and her cubs have been seen on Cokato Road 1 km west of Rocky Mountain Village.
•Bears have been seen on Brickers Road.
• A female grizzly bear was killed by a train in Hosmer, and an orphan grizzly bear cub has been seen in the area.
Despite their name, black bears can come in many colours, such as black, brown, cinnamon, and even white. One subspecies of the American black bear is the Kermode bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), also known as the spirit bear, which is found on the central and north coast of BC. In Kermode bear populations, about 10 per cent of the bears are white or cream-coloured due to recessive genes that are common within the subspecies. The white Kermode bears are not albinos. White bears also rarely occur in other populations of black bears in North America. In 2008, a white bear was hanging around town in Elkford, and it was trapped and relocated. Recently, a black bear sow and three cubs (one white, one black, and one cinnamon-coloured cub) have been seen in Elkford. Please make sure that your property is free of any bear attractants to help keep these bears wild.
It is illegal to hunt white bears in BC.