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KATHY MURRAY
Wildsafe BC
Bear and cub seen on 4th avenue downtown Fernie

A brown colored black bear and her cub were reported on 4th avenue from the dike trail by Dogwood Park all the way to 10 th street. A back bear has been seen in the green space behind the BC Hydro site the past week. Thanks for keeping garbage, pet food and all other attractants away from these bears. If you see the bears, stop, stay calm and back away slowly. If you see a bear in your yard, slowly retreat into the house and ensure your home is secure. Call the Conservation Officer hotline on 1-877-952-7277. Once the bear has left ensure that whatever has attracted the bear is removed.

A grizzly bear was reported following mountain bikers on the Trans Canada Trail, aka the Elk Valley Trail last week. The grizzly was seen on the section that starts by the dead end above the Montane Hut and goes towards Cokato Road. Remember that bears, like people, will choose the path of least resistance, trails and roads. Be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.
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A black bear was reported in a backyard on Ponderosa Drive in Sparwood. The gate was left open, the bear wandered in. There were no attractants on the property and the bear scared off when the resident clapped her hands. Just a young black bear being curious who has not learned to feed on garbage. Let’s keep it that way thanks.

A Fernie business has been issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order. In BC, it is an offence to provide food to wildlife by intent or neglect. Under the Wildlife Act, Conservation Officers can issue a $230 ticket or notice for a court appearance to residents who do not secure attractants. Residents and businesses that intentionally leave out items that attract dangerous wildlife could also be issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order. Failure to comply with an order carries a $575 fine.

Keeping garbage indoors away from wildlife is the best way to keep wildlife wild, communities safe and prevent the needless destruction of bears. We are hopeful that businesses and districts will lead by example and thanks to residents for doing their part and helping family; friends and neighbours do the same.

For more information go to www.wildsafebc.com

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