Bears getting into garbage and griz in Jaffray
Passersby reported bears accessing garbage left overnight by the Montane Barn in Fernie early Sunday morning.
Bears have now learned that garbage is an easy food source. Expect them to return anytime and to start making their way into town from the outside perimeter.
Bear sightings have also been reported in the park behind Riverside Drive in West Fernie.
Bear sightings reported on Fording Drive.
Two families of grizzly bears have been reported accessing fruit trees throughout Jaffray. WildSafeBC and the Conservation Officer Service have canvassed the area and requested property owners to clean up fruit trees.
We live in wildlife habitat. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of the environment.
Call the B.C. Conservation Officer Service’s Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277 if you observed dangerous wildlife: that cannot be scared off; accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources; a bear, cougar or wolf seen in an urban area.
This allows officers to identify current hot spot locations and work with both residents and wildlife to encourage use of natural habitats and food sources before wildlife becomes habituated and/or a safety concern.
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