Bear corner

There have been many black and grizzly bear sightings throughout Elk Valley campgrounds, recreational areas and communities.

By Kathy Murray

There have been many black and grizzly bear sightings throughout Elk Valley campgrounds, recreational areas and communities.

Remember to bear proof your property by securing garbage indoors until you dispose of it responsibly, avoid using bird feeders during bear season and manage your fruit trees, compost and other attractants.

Be prepared to encounter bears if you are out hiking, biking or camping. Make noise to warn bears of your presence, watch for fresh bear signs and travel in groups in daylight. If you meet a bear, back away slowly and leave. Do not run. Give the bear space to escape.

Fernie

•                  Bears seen on Cedar Bowl Crescent, by the golf course, behind Super 8 and by the info centre, Cemetery Bypass, What’s up Doc and Roots bike trails. Bears reported chasing dogs on Anderson Road.  Barking and off leash dogs can result in human/bear conflict.

Elkford

•                  Bears reported at the campground, Teck parking lot, Natal Road, Needles Crescent, Galbraith Road, Caribou Drive, Chauncy apartments, Bare Hill and by the new recreation centre.

Sparwood

•                  Bears reported at Spardell Mobile Home Park.

South Country

•                  Hawkley Road in Jaffray, Tie Lake Rd. and grizzly reported at the Guides camp at the Bull River,

Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277. For more information and updated bear activity and bear safety please visit bearaware.bc.ca and our Elk Valley Bear Aware Blog at elkvalleybearaware.wordpress.com.

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