Many of our parks and forested areas surrounding the Village are home to cougars and black bears. Fall is the time to be especially diligent in the forests and at home to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
Remove bear attractants at your home by
- storing your solid waste securely until the morning of collection day; household garbage is the single biggest killer of bears.
- keeping your garbage containers clean
- collecting your fruit from your trees. Contact the LUSH Valley fruit tree program if you need help.
- putting away your bird feeders and keeping your pet food inside
- keeping your BBQ clean
- not feeding wildlife
If you meet a bear or cougar in the wild, remain calm and back away slowly.
- avoid hiking or biking alone
- keep children close to you and pets under control at all times
- talk, sing or make noise to prevent surprising an animal
- be alert and watch for tracks or other signs of wildlife, especially at dusk or dawn
- do not litter – use the garbage cans provided, or take out what you bring in.
- do not feed any wildlife, including birds and squirrels.
Report aggressive wildlife to the BC Conservation Officer service at 1-877-952-7277.
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