The WildSafeBC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP) allows residents to report wildlife sightings in Kimberley. The red bears are identified as ‘food conditioned’.

Bears active in Kimberley

WildSafeBC is reminding residents to store garbage until collection day.

Bears are out and about in the Kimberley area in search of food after emerging from hibernation and WildSafeBC is reminding residents to keep their garbage in a secure location until the morning of collection.

Danica Roussy, WildSafeBC Community Coordinator for Kimberley/Cranbrook says that placing garbage bins on the curb the night before pickup is against the City’s bylaw.

READ MORE: Okanagan man meets bear while visiting mom’s tombstone on Mother’s Day

“Garbage is the number one attractant for black bears and therefore we must be mindful on storing it properly,” she said. “Bears have a sense far greater than that of dogs and it is this sense of smell that helps them locate food at great distances.”

The City of Kimberley’s website states that garbage bins are to be placed curbside no earlier than 5 a.m. on collection day and no later than 7 a.m..

She suggests the following tips for storing garbage: store it in a secure building until collection day such as a garage or basement, ensure bins are tightly closed, regularly wash the bins as well as all recycling items and do not leave garbage in the back of a truck even with a canopy.

“If you cannot store garbage securely, freeze smelly items and add to the bin only on the morning of collection,” Roussy said. Additionally, residents can take their garbage to the transfer station if they do not have a secure location to store it.

READ MORE: Man, dog charged by black bear while repairing fence at B.C. Interior ranch

As part of the educational portion of WildSafeBC’s program, they will be visiting various neighbourhoods across Kimberley this summer to do weekly garbage tagging. Garbage bins that are placed on the curb the night before pickup will be targeted.

“These targeted bins will receive a bright yellow sticker that serves as a warning to residents that their garbage is an attractant,” Roussy said.

If you see a bear in your neighbourhood, be sure to report it to the WildSafeBC Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP) that is available through their website at warp.wildsafebc.com. This month close to 20 black bear sightings were reported in Kimberley through the program, which allows users to state wether or not the bear is food conditioned.



corey.bullock@kimberleybulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Regional winter road maintenance operations underway

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting shifting into winter as snow season fast approaches

Kimberley won’t see operational changes despite BC RCMP budget shortfalls

As reported last week in the Bulletin, B.C. RCMP is grappling with… Continue reading

Upcoming events in Kimberley/Cranbrook

Local entertainment listings

Columbia River Treaty: ‘It is going to get tough’

B.C. negotiator tells Nelson meeting that talks are cordial, so far

Registration for EK Performing Arts Festival to open Dec. 1

The annual East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival (EKPAF) will run from February… Continue reading

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

B.C. mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

South Cariboo Driver hits four cows due to fog

The RCMP’s investigation is ongoing

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

BC Ferries’ two new hybrid vessels set sail for B.C. from Romania

Two Island Class ferries to be in use by 2020

Distracted driving tickets not for ICBC revenue, B.C. minister says

Minister Mike Farnworth calls SenseBC analysis ‘nonsense’

CN Rail strike and lack of trucking alternatives stoke forest industry fears

Companies calling on the federal government to ‘do everything in its power’ to end the strike

Most Read