Wildlife Corner: July 31

Recent wildlife sightings in the Elk Valley and South Country.

By Kathy Murray

Wildsafe B.C. Community Coordinator

 

Wildlife sightings

Fernie:

Black bear and cougar sightings reported on River Road extension by the Roots trailhead.

South Country:

Cougar sighting reported on Hockley Road in Jaffray.

Do you know where the berries are? The bears do!

Berries are an important natural food source for bears.  Did you know that a bear can eat up to 100,000 berries in one day?  Be prepared and expect to encounter bears when out berry picking.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented. Your best defense is to be aware of wildlife in the area. Make noise to avoid a surprise encounter: use your human voice, clap hands or two rocks together – especially near running water or in dense brush. Carry a walking stick (adults can carry bear spray in a side holster) and walk in groups.

If you encounter a bear: Stay calm and do not run. Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side) and use your voice in a calm, assertive manner. Never turn your back on wildlife, back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route. Do not approach or feed wildlife.

For more information on wildlife safety, go to www.wildsafebc.com