Wildlife

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bear sightings above average in Fernie area in 2020

A long and cold spring, less food, more people at home and more hikers could explain the increase

 

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)

A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

 

A manatee was found with ‘Trump’ drawn on its back in Florida. (Center for Biological Diversity)

Manatee in Florida found with ‘Trump’ drawn on back, officials say

The manatee does not appear to be seriously injured, officials said

 

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Only 15 bear encounters reported in Sparwood in 2020: WildSafeBC

Community coordinator Kathy Murray said the district was tracking well on limiting bear attractants

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Raccoons getting comfy in Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is reporting sightings of raccoons in Fernie and Sparwood

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A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

WildSafeBC: Education and preventing human-wildlife conflict in the Elk Valley during a pandemic

WildSafeBC’s local coordinator Kathy Murray reports on the year that was

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Meet B.C.’s only cowboy cop; a voice for the livestock industry

Cpl. Cory Lepine serves as a bridge between the law and those who make a living off the land

RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine pictured at BC Livestock Producers Co. in Kamloops, Nov. 16. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Annie a 21.2 lb bear cub showed up at the Stewart-Hyder border this morning and was captured and is now settling in at the Smithers Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter. (Canada Border Services Agency photo)

Bear cub tries to cross U.S.-Canada border, taken to wildlife shelter instead

Angelika Langen said “Annie” is in good health despite being only 21.2 lbs

Annie a 21.2 lb bear cub showed up at the Stewart-Hyder border this morning and was captured and is now settling in at the Smithers Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter. (Canada Border Services Agency photo)
A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Bears turn in for winter (soon)

Snow, longer nights and less food means the Elk Valley’s resident bear population will make itself scarce soon

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kathy Murray, WildSafeBC coordinator, hosted a number of wildlife safety information sessions this past summer. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Elk Valley urged to be bear aware

Residents are reminded to keep garbage indoors and to clean up windfall from fruit trees

Kathy Murray, WildSafeBC coordinator, hosted a number of wildlife safety information sessions this past summer. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press
Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands

Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands

No known risk to human health from the virus

Province tracks potential deadly deer virus outbreak on Gulf Islands
Urban wildlife Part I: The East Kootenay birds of summer

Urban wildlife Part I: The East Kootenay birds of summer

The work of local photographers printed in the pages of the East Kootenay Advertiser over the summer of 2020. Part I.

Urban wildlife Part I: The East Kootenay birds of summer
A black bear similar to this one charged at a Summerland woman bike riding on Conkle Mountain in Summerland (September 2020.) (Black Press file photo)
A black bear similar to this one charged at a Summerland woman bike riding on Conkle Mountain in Summerland (September 2020.) (Black Press file photo)
Pick all your apples and save the bears

Pick all your apples and save the bears

As summer ends, bears become more active looking for food

Pick all your apples and save the bears
People’s Choice winner: Eileen Harris of Kelowna, bumble bee clinging to grass.

PHOTOS: BC SPCA announces winners in 12th annual wildlife photo contest

From stoats to skunks, bears to bees, amateur photographers capture province at its wildest

People’s Choice winner: Eileen Harris of Kelowna, bumble bee clinging to grass.
Conservation groups blast province for logging in caribou habitat near Revelstoke

Conservation groups blast province for logging in caribou habitat near Revelstoke

In the last year, 104 cuts have been approved near Revelstoke in caribou habitat

Conservation groups blast province for logging in caribou habitat near Revelstoke
The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve installed three new tunnels under the highway between Tofino and Ucluelet to help prevent roadkill incidents and connect important amphibians and other wildlife to their wetland and forest habitats. (Barb Beasley photo)

Frog tunnels installed near Tofino to keep amphibians safe while hopping under highway

Three new tunnels installed in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve installed three new tunnels under the highway between Tofino and Ucluelet to help prevent roadkill incidents and connect important amphibians and other wildlife to their wetland and forest habitats. (Barb Beasley photo)
Conservation officer Kyle Bueckert said the cougar could have come to Grand Forks from nearby Observation Mountain

B.C. cougar kills fawn next to home of Kootenay wildlife official

The official says the cat hasn’t returned to the site of its kill in Grand Forks, B.C.

Conservation officer Kyle Bueckert said the cougar could have come to Grand Forks from nearby Observation Mountain
Man charged after cougar harassed with a slingshot in Banff National Park

Man charged after cougar harassed with a slingshot in Banff National Park

Charges were laid against a Saskatchewan man for disturbing wildlife in a national park

Man charged after cougar harassed with a slingshot in Banff National Park