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Posted: October 20, 2014

Positive steps taken in preventing human/wildlife conflict

There have been fewer bear sightings in Fernie and Elkford this fall. Thank you to everyone who is making efforts to bear-proof their properties.

In Fernie we have noticed that putting garbage out on the curb the night before collection is no longer common practice. A handful of residences were found to have garbage out at night during two night patrols.

The District of Elkford has acquired 45 residential bear resistant containers available to households that have no garage or shed to secure garbage between collection days and all the communal dumpsters have been retrofitted with metal latches. This has resulted in less wildlife in the community, increased public safety, decreased potential for human/wildlife conflict and a subsequent reduction in the number of bears destroyed.

Thank you to a group of dedicated volunteers in Sparwood who are committed to engaging their families, neighbours and friends in the importance of securing garbage, picking fruit trees and working together to prevent human/wildlife conflict and the needless destruction of bears.

Recent wildlife sightings

- Grizzly and black bear sightings reported on Highline Drive and Timberline Crescent at Fernie Alpine Resort.

- Bears reported behind the Causeway Bay Hotel and by the store in Sparwood Heights.

For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict go to

Elk Valley Bear Aware

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