Garbage and organics are the #1 attractant leading to human and wildlife conflict in our communities. We want to ensure that our neighbors and customers understand their roles in limiting these encounters. You have a better chance of avoiding small or large creatures roaming, feasting, and settling on your property by following these steps:
• Do not store garbage or organic waste outdoors. If this isn’t an option for your home, we suggest purchasing a “Bear Resistant Container” or creating an outdoor waste enclosure.
• If you have a curbside collection, please place your containers curbside the morning of your collection day. Do not leave containers out overnight.
• Ensure all recyclables have been thoroughly cleaned before placing curbside.
• Feed pets indoors and keep pets inside at night.
• Keep your barbecue clean by burning off uncooked food and emptying the grease container.
• Install electric fencing to protect fruit trees, pick fruit early, and do not let windfall accumulate.
• Avoid feeding birds when bears are most active (April to November) and ensure birdfeeders are always inaccessible to non-target species such as bears, deer, squirrels, and raccoons. Do not let seeds accumulate that may attract rats and other rodents.
f you live, work or play in Wildlife Country, we suggest visiting https://wildsafebc.com to learn about the wildlife in your area, safety tips, conflict reduction, and more!