Black bears are active from mid-March through late fall. You must store your garbage and recycling with bears in mind. Bears have a keen sense of smell and are attracted by food and garbage, even if stored in a truck or car. They will also be attracted by cooking and kitchen smells through open windows and doors, barbecuing, bird feeders, composts, fruit trees and dog food. They can climb stairs to decks, enter buildings, and smash car windows or truck bed cabs to investigate.
The Bear Aware program is active in the community and provides great educational information on living with bears.
A message from the Bear Aware Coordinator:
Please don’t feed the bears!
The bears are back and they’re HUNGRY!!!! They live to eat and need the equivalent of 64 hamburgers a day (up to 30,000 calories). Their natural food this time of year is tender green shoots from plants such as horsetails, skunk cabbage and dandelions. Ants and other insects as well as carrion are fancied by these omnivores. Bears are opportunistic eaters and while they wander around in the wild, their nose may lead them to human habitats. There is a lot of bear activity in all communities in the region this spring. Rossland has seen a greater than normal rate of garbage raiding and much more daytime activity by the bears than usual. Trail has also had lots of bear activity, especially in West Trail and Glenmerry. Most of the time, garbage attracts bears and may also result in them finding BBQs, bird seed, pet food and farm animal feed. Bears have incredible memories and will return to a food source again and again, long after the food is gone. A bear that becomes food conditioned to humans may also become a safety threat and will result in a higher number of bears destroyed unless people are super vigilant.
Bear Aware is urging people to 'watch their waste'. This means recycling as much as possible and rinsing food containers before putting them in the bin. A quick rinse of plastic bags and food wrappings before putting in the garbage will reduce the odors that attract bears. Composting helps reduce the amount of garbage from households and when done properly, rarely attracts bears.
A fed bear is a dead bear
How can you help?
Watch your Waste!
Report sightings by calling 1-877-952-7277
Rossland /Trail Bear Aware Community Coordinator
If you require further information on bears or you are having a problem please contact Bear Aware or the Castlegar Conservation Office at 1-250-365-8611.