WildSafe BC - Bear Aware
Every year in British Columbia between 8 & 800 bears are destroyed!
Garbage, bird feeders and tree fruits can attract bears to your yard, family and neighbourhood. Once a bear becomes used to human food sources it becomes habituated, usually resulting in the bear being destroyed. It is important to keep wildlife wlld and communities safe.
Report all conflicts with wildlife, poachers, and polluters to the BC Conservation Officer Reporting Line 1-877-952-7277.
- WildSafeBC (Provincial Site for Problem Wildlife)
- BEAR SMART Website
- Bears on Your Property - Brochure for Agricultural Growers (also available in PUNJABI)
- Residential and Commercial Garbage Bins (contact RDOS for rental options)
- Tested Bear-Resistant Bins - WildsafeBC
- Bear-Resistant Containers - Bear Smart BC
- Build Your Own Bear-Resistant Garbage Enclosure (courtesy Living With Wildlife Foundation)
- VIDEO: SHAW TV RDOS Bear Aware Program
- VIDEO: How to Use Bear Spray
- "LIVING WITH WILDLIFE IN BC" management guides (conflict reduction and information on various species)
Bear Aware Tips
Look for these bear attractants on your property:
- Garbage - the biggest attractant for bears in our communities is garbage. Properly secure your garbage, and keep it indoors until pick-up, or until you can bring it to your local landfill.
- Compost- use finished compost, leaves, grass or wood chips to cover up fruit or other food waste in your composter. Properly care for your compost by turning it and layering it appropriately to reduce odours. Click here for tips on proper composting.
- Fruit trees and Grapes- make sure to harvest fruit immediately. Remove all windfall fruit. If you own an orchard, electric fencing is encouraged. Contact the RDOS or check the phone book for electric fence contractors in our area.
- Pet food, Birdfeeders and Gardens are all attractants for bears. Keep your pet food securely stored indoors. Bring your birdfeeders in for the summer, supplementing them with natural flowers and birdbaths. Electric fencing is recommended to keep agriculture safe.
- Barbeques- everyone loves the smell of a good barbeque, bears included! To keep your barbeques safe, make sure that they are properly cleaned, covered and don’t leave utensils out overnight.
Bear Smart Curbside Collection - Electoral Areas 'D','E','F'
Due to concerns with bears and other wildlife, residents within Electoral Area 'D' (OK Falls, Kaleden, Twin Lakes), Electoral Area 'E' (Naramata, Falconridge) and Area 'F' (West Bench, Red Wing) may not place unprotected garbage out overnight. Residents in these areas can choose to:
- place out garbage after 5 am on your regular collection day;
- place out garbage in a wildlife resistant container;
- place out garbage in a wildlife resistant enclosure.