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Posted: July 22, 2020

Wildlife awareness and bear spray workshops upcoming

WildSafeBC Elk Valley is hosting two wildlife awareness and bear spray safety workshops in Fernie and Sparwood next week.

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). 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.

The works are being held:

Sparwood – Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. at Fiorentino’s parking area, off Highway 3 in Sparwood.

Fernie –  Wednesday, July 29 at 5 p.m. at the Fernie Info Centre on Highway 3.

The workshops are free of charge. For more information and to register contact the WildSafeBC Coordinator, [email protected]

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