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It’s Time to Manage Your Bear Attractants

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The warmer spring weather is a reminder that it’s important to make sure that our solid waste and other bear attractants are stored securely.

Keeping bears away from your food waste and other attractants will help prevent them from becoming food-habituated and destroyed. Once a bear gets a taste of food waste it will routinely return in search of food. Your solid waste must be stored in a secure structure until collection day.

From the Solid Waste Bylaw:

Every owner of a premises… must store all garbage, organics and recyclable materials in an animal-proof location or in an animal-resistant container until the scheduled collection day.

Cumberland is committed to preventing bears from being destroyed. The Village issues bylaw tickets for putting out garbage early, and has successfully prosecuted all tickets that have gone to court, with the $200 fine upheld in full.

Find out more about managing your bear attractants to help prevent bears from being destroyed.

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