•Bears have been seen on the Annex Dyke trail by the off leash dog park and by Tim Hortons.
•A black bear and her cub have been hanging around halfway down the hill on Anderson Rd. Cyclists, remember to make noise and slow down to avoid surprising this mom and cub at close range.
•A grizzly bear and her 2 cubs were seen at the Artina Mobile Home Park on Dicken Rd.
•A group of 13 hikers was bluff charged by a grizzly bear 3 times on Heiko’s Trail.
Dogs often return to their owners with the bear in tow creating a potential conflict situation as seen in this video clip http://youtube/OAEoFKVkm9w. For more information on bear safety visit www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/bearsaf.html and view the movie Staying Safe in Bear Country available at the Fernie Library and Fernie Information Centre.
A reminder to weekend visitors and residents who may not be around on garbage collection day that garbage can be disposed of at the communal dumpsters at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on Highway 3 as you leave town or taken to the transfer station.
Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277. For more information, please visit bearaware.bc.ca and our new Elk Valley Bear Aware Blog at elkvalleybearaware.wordpress.com.