The city offers a free session for residents wanting to learn how to manage grubs and stay safe if they encounter a black bear.
It’s autumn, and the bears will fatten up in the winter.
This might be the perfect time for Port Coquitlam residents to be aware of the local wildlife and what to do to deter bruins from entering their yard.
To help residents ascertain how to manage bear attractants, the city is offering a workshop next Wednesday (October 19) from 7-9 p.m. in Mabbit Hall at the Port Coquitlam Community Center (PCCC).
During the workshop, participants will learn practical and effective tips for managing bear attractants and responding to bear encounters safely.
Attendees can share questions to be answered by City staff during the question-and-answer period.
Residents and businesses can do their part and avoid a $500 fine by following the city’s trash regulations:
- Secure trash and food scraps either in a wildlife-resistant container (for example, a garage or shed) or with a city wildlife-resistant cart lock
- Select your carts between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. on the day of collection and re-lock your carts by 7 p.m.
Properties without secure cart storage are required to use a city cart lock, or an approved replacement, at all times except on collection day.
Instructions for correct use of the lock are provided On the Port Coquitlam city website.
Residents who wish to request an additional third arm for additional security or be placed on a lock-up waitlist can contact Public Works at [email protected] or by phone at 604-927-5496.
The best protection against bears is to keep trash and other attractants out of reach:
- Keep carts in the garage or in an area where wildlife does not reach.
- Freeze strong-smelling meat and leftovers, and wait until collection day to put them in your green cart.
- Keep pet food inside.
- Clean grills after use and keep freezers indoors or closed.
- Do not store strong-smelling trash (nappies, grease drums) or scented products (pop cans, toothpaste tubes, hairspray, mouthwash, etc.) outside.
- Harvest fruits, berries and vegetables before or while they ripen and clean up fallen fruits.
- Remove bird feeders from April through November, or hang them high.
- Prevent access to small animals (chickens, rabbits) and berry bushes.
Bears are driven by food and fed on both natural and non-natural food sources including bird feeders, suet, chicken, rabbit, and litter. After the bears find a meal in a rubbish cart, they quickly learn to check all the houses on the street and teach their young to do the same.
The increased activity of the bear in the living quarters is directly related to the availability of food. After the bears find a meal in the waste cart or from a fruit tree in the backyard, they quickly learn to return to the area and teach their cubs to do the same. Garbage bears lose their natural fear of humans and often become aggressive over time.
Be careful in the lanes
- Travel with another person or group.
- Be alert as bears may not be able to see, hear, or smell you.
- Make a noise (talk, clap, or sing) to let the bear know you’re there.
- Keep children close to you and dogs on a leash at all times.
- Watch for new bear signs (drops, footprints, scrapes on trees, overturned rocks, or broken logs).
- Never get close to a bear – keep a distance of at least 100 metres.
Residents can report unsecured wildlife attractions in their area at portcoquitlam.ca/reportusing the Report it app or by calling 604-927-3111.
The public is also advised to call the 24-hour toll-free Regional Conservation Officer Service Hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or at rap.bc.ca If they witness an aggressive or threatening bear or a conflict event that threatens public safety.
For more information on regulations and resources, and to register for the workshop, you can visit City Bear Awareness Page Or call 604-927-5496.
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