Wildlife Corner – July 9

Multiple bear sightings have been reported in Fernie.

  • Sat Jul 11th, 2015 11:00am
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Submitted by Kathy MurrayWildsafe B.C. Community Coordinator

FernieBear sightings have been reported on Ridgemont Lane and Ridgemont Crescent. Please keep garbage indoors until collection day and secure all other attractants (pet food, dirty barbecues, etc). Complying with local bylaws, keeping garbage indoors and securing attractants will benefit all of us and our wildlife. Thanks for your attention to this matter and encourage your neighbours, family, friends and visitors to do the same.Bear sightings also reported on trails, black bear at the top of Red Sonya trail and grizzly bears sightings reported on Lazy Lizard trail and Heiko’s trail.

Elk Valley and South Country

There have been no reported wildlife sightings but be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife at any time.

We live in 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, best defence.

Dog owners: Keep your dogs under control. They may provoke defensive behaviour 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