Be bear smart

Putting your garbage bin on the curb the night before pick-up is an offence

The British Columbia Wildlife Act states that if you attract or feed dangerous wildlife, you commit an offence and can be given a fine of $345.

Putting your garbage bin on the curb the night before pick-up is an offence! Storing garbage in your carport or beside your house during the week is not a bear proof solution and is also an offence. Be bear smart and do the right thing – keep the safety of your whole neighborhood in mind and lock up all bear attractants!

Some bears have already been spotted around Hope, so now is the time to take your bird feeders down and make sure there are no other attractants such as pet food, outdoor freezers, and dirty barbecues available on your property.

Commercial garbage bins should be locked at all times and not overflowing with garbage.

Recently volunteers from the Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee ( HMBBC) have canvassed the community promoting bear awareness and education. The committee volunteers will continue to canvass the Hope area in the coming few weeks.

In many cases black bears are attracted to fruits produced by residential fruit trees. If you need help with picking your fruit or if you have fruit trees, but don’t want the fruit, the HMBBC can help you pick and remove the fruit. If you are interested in the gleaning services or would like to volunteer do not hesitate to call us.

You can also go to our webpage for instructions on how to build your own bear resistant enclosure for your carport, or to purchase a bear resistant garbage bin perfect for storing bird food, pet food, etc. outside.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please call 604-860-4558 or email lkoot@hopemountain.org.

Lydia Koot

Chair, Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee