Food attractants keep black bears from hibernating

A black bear was euthanized in Fernie on Christmas day.

Food attractants continue to keep black bears in Fernie town limits.

Bears are normally nestled in their winter dens but Fernie has had two resident bears roaming the streets and backyards near Park Avenue and Ridgemont Drive for the last month during the night.

“It is abnormal for these bears to still be around town at this time of year,” said Conservation Officer Patricia Burley. “They should be hibernating like the other bears.”

As a result a black bear bore was removed from the Ridgemont area and euthanized on December 25, Christmas day.  The same evening a second bear had returned to peoples’ backyards looking for food.  A trap has been set to remove the second bear, since it is not leaving town at this time of year.  The bear is reported to be brown, small and skinny.

“This type of behaviour demonstrates wildlife’s dependence on human food,” said Burley. “These bears would rather be eating holiday treats than sleeping somewhere out of town like they are supposed to be.”

This is a good reminder for residents in the Elk Valley to contain their garbage, bird food and any other attractants inside their home, garage or storage shed year round.

A Fernie resident was charged under the Wildlife Act 33.1 (2) $230 (Attract dangerous wildlife to land or premises) on December 21 for leaving human food outside and available for the bears.

“The legislation is not seasonal,” said  Burley. “It is the same as contained garbage/attractants during the summer and fall months. This is a year round habit that Elk Valley residents need to follow.”

Members of the public are reminded to call the RAPP line 1-877-952-7272 for problem wildlife, hunting, fishing and pollution violations.

 

Just Posted

Structure fire displaces Sparwood family

Family uninjured. One pet lost. House remains uninhabitable due to severe damage.

Junior journalism program launches in Fernie

Young writers excited to step into world of journalism, work to be published in upcoming edition

New MRI unit increases access

Interior Health aims for 5100 exams in Cranbrook this year

DNA test links two cougar incidents in Fernie

Further information has surfaced linking a child that was attacked by a… Continue reading

CO Service euthanize emaciated black bear

The animal had left its den and taken shelter in a shed with cattle.

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read