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Posted: July 15, 2019

Bear spray workshops upcoming

WildSafeBC, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and the Sparwood Trails Alliance will be cohosting Wildlife Safety and How to Use Bear Spray Workshops in Fernie and Sparwood.

Come along and learn how to respond to wildlife encounters and get hands on experience using inert bear spray (like the real thing but without the sting of the pepper).

Fernie: Tuesday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, 102 Commerce Road (Fernie Info Centre).

Sparwood: Tuesday, August 6 at 6 p.m. at the Sparwood Golf Course clubhouse.

The safest wildlife encounter is one prevented.  Having bear spray accessible and knowing how to use it will give you the confidence to do the right thing.   Stay calm, assess the situation, respond accordingly and not give in to the instinct to run, which can trigger the chase instinct.  Bear spray has been determined to be an effective deterrent that can reduce injury and potentially safe your life. Like a seat belt, it should be considered essential safety equipment when travelling in wildlife country.

For more information or to book a workshop for your group contact [email protected].

Lead image: Fernie Alpine Resort staff receive bear spray training earlier this year. WildSafeBC photo


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