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 properly managing bear attractants.

Avoid attracting bears

Garbage and green waste carts

Garbage and green waste carts are the #1 attractant for bears.

To prevent conflicts with bears:

Secure your garbage and green waste carts in your closed garage.

If you do not have a secure garage, store your carts in a bear-resistant solid waste enclosure. These can be purchased or built. If you build an enclosure, please note that it must comply with our Zoning Bylaw.

Below are examples of bear-proof enclosure options to help you store your carts until collection day. All enclosures must be anchored to the ground in order to be effective

Photo of a Haul-All Hid-A-CartPhoto of a Bearsaver Bearier trash can enclosurePhoto of a homemade trash can enclosure

To avoid a fine:

Leaving waste carts unlocked on non-collection days and setting carts out for collection too early are bylaw violations. If you don’t manage your garbage and other wildlife attractants properly, you could be fined up to $1,000 by the City. 

  • Store your garbage and green waste carts securely with bear clips locked until collection day.

  • Unlock your carts only when you put them out for collection.

  • Place your carts at your pick-up spot on collection day between the hours of 5:30am and 7:30am only.
 Pet food
Feed your pets indoors and 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.
  • Clean barbeque grill, and remove and empty grease trap after each use.
  • Cover and store barbeque in a secured area. 
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 email the Environment Division.

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.