This black bear was spotted in a tree in downtown Fernie in late-September.

Wildlife Corner Update

This Wildlife Corner Update is brought to you by WildSafeBC.

Submitted by Kathy MurrayWildSafeBC Community Coordinator

A grizzly bear and two cubs were reported initially getting into chicken coops on rural properties.  They have now made their way into Fernie, reported in the field behind Home Hardware and at the north end of Hand Avenue and Colclough in West Fernie and Aspen Crescent. Black bear sightings, bears accessing garbage, bears climbing onto porches looking into windows, bears swatting dogs, bears bluff charging people at night reported throughout the Elk Valley and South Country.

Are you comfortable with bears, even a grizzly and cubs in your backyard?  If you have garbage in the backyard, under the carport, on the deck, apple trees that haven’t been picked, pet food outside, chicken coops or anything , expect bears, even grizzly bears to turn up looking for easy food.  Bears getting garbage in your yard will often drag it to another property.  Your negligence is jeopardizing other people’s safety.  Remove the attractants, bears will move on.  If it is safe to do so, scare the bears off your property, a car alarm works well, air horn, bang pots and pans even a loud electric guitar has proven to deter bears.

Carelessly stored garbage and apple trees are the root causes of bear human conflict in the Elk Valley and South Country.  What is the problem with bear’s eating apples?   Apples are a fine food source for bears.  They are very similar to many natural foods that bears normally eat.  The problem is that most apple trees are located in people’s yards.   Bears are natural scavengers, have great memories, a keen sense of smell and will remember an easy food source.  Carelessly stored garbage, birdfeeders, dirty BBQ’s and fruit trees are open invitations to bears.

Apples are ripe and bears are passing through town in search for easy food sources.  .  Owning a fruit tree in bear country is a big responsibility.  Pick fruit daily as it ripens or pick it before it ripens if you don’t intend on using it and don’t allow fruit to accumulate on the ground.  Pruning your fruit trees will result in a better and more manageable quality of fruit.  If you can’t manage your apple tree, consider cutting it down and replacing it with a non-fruit bearing tree.  Consult your local arborist.  Dispose of excess apples responsibly, take them to the transfer station, it is free!

Fernie

Black bear sightings, bears accessing garbage, bears climbing onto porches looking into windows, bears swatting dogs, bears bluff charging people at night reported throughout Fernie  on 5th street, all along 4th avenue ,by the Courthouse and city Hall, 8th, 9th and  11th avenue in the Annex,

Sparwood

Bear accessing garbage and causing property damage in Sparwood Heights, Mountainview and Spardell Mobile Home Parks.

Elkford

Bears reported accessing garbage along Minto Crescent, Alpine Way, Balmer Crescent, Cassidy Crescent.

Be prepared and expect to encounter bears anytime, anyplace.

At home: Bear proof your property: lock up the garbage, clean up the fruit, feed pets indoors, keep pets indoors at night and get rid of anything that might attract bears to your property. Encourage and help your neighbours do the same.

In town or on the trails: If you encounter a bear, remain calm, identify yourself as human with a calm voice, back away slowly and leave the bear an escape route.

We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment.  If you observed dangerous wildlife

  • accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources
  • that cannot be scared off
  • a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area

Contact Bylaw Services and call the Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24 hr hotline on 1-877-952-7277. This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.

For more information on keeping communities’ safe and wildlife wild please visit www.wildsafebc.com, or follow us on Facebook WildSafeBC Elk Valley.

 

Just Posted

Elkford reflects on town’s history

Canada 150 grant given to showcase young town’s past

B.C. to review 2017 flooding, wildfire seasons

Emergency Management B.C. needs better response, Premier John Horgan says

Couple launches Kombucha company

Fernie Alpine Springs – kombucha so pure, you might as well chop… Continue reading

Sparwood Planning wants offices downtown

Council hears concerns from business owners with offices in industrial area

Local artists support youth at Island Lake Lodge Gala

Art auction and gala event raises over $20,000 for Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

VIDEO: Best photos of the Supermoon 2017

At its closest, the Frost Moon was about 363,300 km away from the Earth

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

VIDEO: Vancouver Whitecaps acquire star striker Kei Kamara

Kamara has 103 goals and 39 assists in 298 appearances over 11 Major League Soccer seasons

Smartphone pedometers underestimate steps, but valuable health tool: study

UBC researchers found the iPhone underestimated steps by 21.5 per cent

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

UPDATE: Poor ventilation likely cause of carbon monoxide incident at B.C. farm

All 42 patients have been released from hospital, according to Delta Fire

BC Lions part ways with three coaches

These are the first personnel moves made by new general manager Ed Hervey

VIDEO: B.C. to end geographic area rent increases, close fixed-term lease loopholes

Both clauses allowed landlords to raise rents above the max annual allowable rent increase

Most Read