Late night crew tagging trash cans in Chilliwack

WildSafeBC teaching public to keep garbage secure through nighttime audits

If you’re putting your garbage out at bedtime, you could be inviting bears for a midnight snack.

Bears require 20,000 calories a day as they prepare for the winter months, packing on the weight for when their food supply is diminished. And a garbage can full of smelly leftovers and scraps is an easy meal.

This summer, representatives from WildSafeBC will be prowling about at night looking for garbage cans set out too early. Cans set out too early will receive a yellow sticker as a reminder that they’re creating an animal attractant.

And it’s not just bears that get accustomed to an easy, residential meal. When garbage cans are not kept clean, they can attract rodents. In turn, those rodents attract their own predators, such as coyotes and cougars.

Keeping garbage cans secure throughout the week, and setting them out as close to pickup time as possible can lower the risk of urban-wildlife interactions.

Although in Chilliwack the bylaw allows residents to place garbage out at 6 p.m. the night prior, WildSafeBC hopes that those living in urban-wildland interface areas will go the extra mile to keep their communities safe.

Residents are encouraged to store waste in a garage, shed or bear-resistant enclosure.

WildSafeBC is supported by the Fraser Valley Regional District and the BC Ministry of Environment, and also operates an online mapping tool for animal encounters.

Questions about attractant management should be directed to the community coordinator at 604-702-5005 or Immediate wildlife concerns should be reported to RAPP at 1-877-952-7277.



Just Posted

Education Minister to make announcement in Chilliwack Friday

Visit points to possible support for arts-and-technology school at former UFV site

High death rate at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Abbotsford has the worst-performing large hospital in B.C. on key safety measure

Prolific offender charged in Chilliwack break-and-enter

Ifraz Shamil Khan also charged with flight from police and apprehended in Yarrow Dec. 5

Chilliwack’s Royal Hotel offers warm, helping hand this Christmas

The Royal Hotel is collecting donations of gloves and mittens for those in need this holiday season

UPDATE: Christmas-tree-sized hedge theft captured on Chilliwack security video

RCMP arrives as person walks away with tree in downtown area, woman arrested on outstanding warrant

‘Not a decision I came to lightly:’ Scheer to resign as Conservative leader

Decision comes after weeks of Conservative infighting following the October election

B.C. SPCA seizes dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

BC Hydro offers tips as collisions with power poles increase

Region with the largest spike in collisions was the Lower Mainland at 16 per cent

Canadian airline passengers to be eligible for $1,000 in compensation for delayed flights

Passengers can also receive compensation for overbooking, lost luggage and other inconveniences

Second snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Another 20 cm of snow is expected to fall by early Friday

RCMP must bury three sex mannequins found in Manning Park

Police tasked with ensuring the mannequins were completely disposed of

B.C. seniors need better vaccine protection, advocate says

Home support down, day programs up in annual rating

Most Read