Bears on your property

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Look for these bear attractants on your property:
 dirty garbage

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.


For more information on managing attractants visit: Bears - Province of British Columbia (

 messy compost

 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. 


For an informational brochure on composting safely in bear country, visit:  Composting-in-Bear-CountryHS.pdf (

 loaded fruit tree

 Fruit and Nut trees and Grapes - make sure to harvest fruit and nuts immediately. Remove all windfall fruit and nuts. If you own an orchard, electric fencing is encouraged. Contact the RDOS or check the phone book for electric fence contractors in our area.


For additional resources on managing fruit and nut trees, or fruit bearing plants, visit: Growing Fruit? Pest Control | RDOS

Dog food bowlbird feederveggies garden

 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.



For more information on reducing the risk of conflict on your property visit: Grow – WildsafeBC   


 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.


For more information on ‘Living in Wildlife Country’ visit: Living in Wildlife Country – WildsafeBC