Homeowner Tips


 Bears live to eat

Once a bear discovers human food sources or garbage it may become “food conditioned”. Bears in pursuit of human food sources may cause damage to personal property or, in rare cases, cause human injury or death. The following tips will help minimize the likelihood of conflict with bears on your property:

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Garbage/Recyclables/Compost

It may only take one time to condition a bear to human garbage.

Bird Feeders

  • Do not use bird feeders in bear country.
  • As an alternative to hummingbird feeders, use bird baths or plant red or pink native flowers that are known to appeal to hummingbirds.

Barbecues

  • Burn barbecues clean immediately after use. 
  • Store units indoors, if possible leave the propane tank outside. 
  • Always remove the grease can and store it indoors when not in use. 
  • Do not leave any food unattended outside, the smell from barbecuing travels a long distance.

Pet Food

  • Feed your pets indoors and store their food inside.
  • Do not leave dog bones lying around the yard.

Fruit Trees/Berry Bushes

  • Harvest fruits as soon as they ripen.
  • Remove fallen fruit from the ground daily.
  • Electric fence large orchards.co_service_crest_small.GIF
  • Plant non-fruit bearing trees/shrubs when landscaping.

In B.C. it is an offence to intentionally feed or leave attractants available to dangerous wildlife and can yield fines up to $200,000.

Attracting Dangerous Wildlife - BC Wildlife Act Section 33.1

A person must not:

(a)intentionally feed or attempt to feed dangerous wildlife, or

(b)provide, leave or place an attractant in, on or about any land or premises with the intent of attracting dangerous wildlife

A person must not leave or place an attractant in, on or about any land or premises where there are or where there are likely to be people, in a manner in which the attractant could

(a)attract dangerous wildlife to the land or premises, and

(b)be accessible to dangerous wildlife.

Intentionally Feeding Dangerous Wildlife:

First Offence up to $100,000

Second Offence up to $200,000

Leaving attractants out without intent:

Up to 50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment

Second conviction: up to 100,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment

 


Always report bear encounters where public safety is at risk to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.
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