Keep Bears at Bay
Elbow Valley and the County have noted bear activity over the last few weeks. Although our earlier bear visitors were successfully relocated, it seems that new bears have made their way to the community.
To ensure bears don’t stay long and to prevent property damage, we must remove easy to source food.
How can you help?
- Remove bird feeders
- Place waste curbside the morning of collection. Waste is collected from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. Waste is not to be placed curbside the night before collection when animal activity is at its peak.
- Clean your BBQ after each use
Provided below are safety tips from Rocky View County, Safe and Sound communications
When exploring the area, be sure to travel in groups, carry bear spray, and keep pets on a leash. If you encounter a bear in the wild, follow these steps:
- Stay calm and do not run. Stay with your group and keep children close.
- Back away if you see cubs or an animal carcass. The bear will want to protect them.
- Prepare to defend yourself with bear spray.
- Back away, leaving the way you came. Keep your eye on the bear without staring at it aggressively.
- Speak to the bear in a soft, low voice. Let the bear know that you are human and not prey.
Residents can report any wildlife safety concerns (bear conflict) to the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.
Let’s work together to keep our neighbours safe. (And the bears too!)