WildSafeBC’s Elk Valley branch is urging residents to remain vigilant as bears prepare for hibernation.
Community Coordinator Kathy Murray says bears will likely to roam for another week or so before making a den for the winter.
“In Fernie, we are still seeing bears in James White Park and bears were seen by Dogwood Park on the Dike Trail in Fernie. That was first thing in the morning around 7:30 am,” Murray says.
She says they are still seeking food and could turn to garbage in towns for easy pickings.
“We had a lot of grizzly bear activity, particularly in Jaffray for the last few weeks,” Murray says. “We’ve even had reports of bears trying to get into empty garbage cans. Just remember that even an empty can is a visual cue for a bear to come and investigate.”
Murray says bears in the area typically go into hibernation until sometime in April depending on the snowpack.
She says there have been very few reports of bear conflicts in communities this summer, compared to previous years.
Murray says she will be finalizing a report on this year’s wildlife encounters over the next couple of weeks.
– Kathy Murray – WildsafeBC Elk Valley Coordinator