Preventing adverse interactions with bears is a community-wide responsibility. The best way to keep both people and bears safe is to avoid attracting bears by managing bear attractants.

Avoid attracting bears

Garbage carts

Garbage and organic carts are the #1 attractant for bears, making it the #1 safety risk to bears and, ultimately, people.

To prevent conflict with bears:

Secure your garbage and organic carts in your closed garage.

If you do not have a secure garage, bear-resistant enclosures are available for purchase through a local supplier.

Alternatively, specific plans for building your own bear-resistant solid waste enclosure are available through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Please note that all bear-resistant enclosures must comply with the Zoning Bylaw.

 To avoid a ticket:

Keep your garbage and organic carts locked at all times.

Only place the cart outside on the curb between 5:30 am and 7:30 am on your pick-up day.

Bring the carts it in by 8 pm.

 Pet food
Feed your pets indoors.

Store pet food indoors

 Bird feeders
Use bird feeders only in the winter

Don't let seed spill onto the ground

Suspend them out of reach of bears

Avoid using them altogether if bears visit your yard frequently

 Fruit trees
Pick fruit as soon as it ripens.

Pick up any fallen fruit daily.

Store all harvested fruit securely indoors.

 Barbeques
Clean barbeque grill, and remove and empty grease trap after each use.

Cover and store barbeque in a secured area. 

Freezers
Store freezers inside, not on decks or in carports.

If you see a bear feeding off any of the attractants listed above, please report it to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 . Early and proactive intervention by conservation officers can help to adjust a bear’s behaviour before it loses its fear of humans or becomes dependent on human-supplied sources of food.

For information on how to minimize adverse human-bear interactions, please contact the Environment Division at 604-469-4628.

Bear encounters

If you encounter a black bear, you should remain calm and back away slowly. Talk to it in a quiet, monotone voice.

Never run away. Do not scream, turn your back on it, kneel down or make direct eye contact.

If it approaches or follows you, stand your ground and become aggressive, using a loud, firm voice. If it continues getting closer(within 7 metres), use bear spray.

Once it is safe to do so, call 1-877-952-7277 then press"1".

For more information on how to respond to a bear encounter, review the BC Human – Wildlife Conflict guidelines.