Fish & Wildlife Division of Alberta Sustainable Resources is currently investigating sightings of a
cougar on Muskoseepi Park trails in the Country Club West area.
Until such time that they forward an update for the public, please refrain from using the trails in South Bear Creek.
If you spot the animal in your locale, please report sightings to Fish & Wildlife at 780.538-5265, or the Government of Alberta’s Report A Poacher phone number after business hours.
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August is an active month for bears – help prevent encounters
Edmonton… Albertans are urged to help reduce encounters with bears. August is a busy time for the animals, as they roam for food sources like wild berries. The recent warm weather means more campers, backyard barbeques and ripening fruit trees, which increase risk of bear encounters.
Bears are currently active, traveling along green areas and river valleys as they search for wild berries and other natural food sources. As bears move, they may be attracted to garbage, fruit trees, barbeques or pet food in backyards.
For those living in bear country:
For those camping, hiking or biking in bear country:
When in bear habitat, always carry bear spray and know how to use it. To learn more about proper use and backcountry camping strategies, visit youtube.com and search “Alberta” and “BearSmart.”
If a bear is in your yard or community or if a bear is a safety concern, call the nearest Fish and Wildlife office (310-0000 toll-free) or the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.
Mixed Marriage Black and White Raven
An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of
Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to
escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the fl00ding and
the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have
become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never
seen this phenomenon before – but they also report that there are now
less mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant,
standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are
getting caught in the spiders web thus reducing the risk of malaria,
which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many
other hardships after the floods. UK aid – in response to the Pakistan
floods – is helping millions of survivors return home and rebuild their
OTTAWA – Provincial investigators were combing the gnarled wreckage at the grounds of the Ottawa Bluesfest on Monday for clues to explain how a violent summer gale toppled the festival’s main stage.
The structure collapsed Sunday night as howling winds blew while the band Cheap Trick was on stage. Thousands of people scurried for cover as scaffolding buckled into a heap.
At least four people were hurt — including the band’s truck driver — but the head of the festival says all have now been released from hospital.
The veteran rock band — best known for hits including “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” — said they were merely shaken, not hurt.
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“Everyone is okay and we are so lucky to be alive and hope that all the fans are okay too,” band said in a message posted on their Facebook page.
Video of the Bluesfest site posted on YouTube showed the stage, which stood several storeys tall, being propelled backward before crumpling and damaging a tractor-trailer truck parked behind it.
Without elaborating, Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander ended the band’s Internet posting with the words, “And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.”
Band manager Dave Frey told CNN “one of our drivers will spend the night in the hospital.”
A team from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour was on site Monday looking for anything that might explain how the big stage came tumbling down. The ministry will produce a report on the incident.
There are still more questions than answers. Namely, should organizers have called off the show when the weather turned nasty?
The executive director of Bluesfest says that’s what they did.
“We were monitoring the weather and what was a watch turned into a more severe situation,” Mark Monahan said at a morning news conference.
“And when that happened we called it immediately.”
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning about an hour before the stage collapsed. But Monahan said the festival can’t stop every time the weather deteriorates.
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Updated: July 16, 2011 – 12:00 NOON PDT
A full status list of ongoing closures for this area is available.
No guarantees are made as to how complete or current this list is.
The most significant roads closed by flooding or washout are:
In addition many secondary roads have been damaged throughout the Peace Area. The situation is improving, but please take caution as you travel the Peace area road system.
Crews are continuing to work to restore access on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction, Highway 52 between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge and other priority routes throughout the Peace Region, following major floods and washouts caused by a one in 100-year rainfall event. Ministry engineers have completed initial assessments of the major sites. Crews and heavy equipment have been mobilized with priority on reconnecting severed routes while Maintenance Contractor crews and equipment are at work responding to erosion, flooding and washouts throughout the Peace Region. As we work through the initial response to restore access, our engineers are already working on detailed recovery plans for the complete restoration of the highway. Crews are already making great progress with over 75 pieces of heavy equipment deployed.
Up to 150mm of rainfall over the weekend of June 23-25, and an additional 80mm the weekend of July 8-10, resulting in damage at over 200 sites on approximately 150 roads throughout the Peace Region, including the Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route, Highway 29, Highway 52 and Highway 97. Of the 200 sites, crews have been able to almost fully open, open to single lane alternating traffic or provide alternate access on these roads. On Highway 97, crews have identified approximately 15 sites with major damage and numerous other small sites along the corridor.
Drive Carefully. For up to date information please check Drive BC at www.drivebc.ca or call 1-800-550-4997