Kamloops promoting wildlife safety with fines, speaker series

This bear stopped for a picnic in Aberdeen last year after finding some garbage left at an empty lot.
Image Credit: Venkat Geebu

KAMLOOPS - People not abiding by the bylaw by putting out garbage container before the designated time will be ‘tagged’ and then fined.

Under the Solid Waste and Recyclables Bylaw residents must not put out garbage containers before 4 a.m. on the day of pickup and WildSafe B.C. is now helping to enforce the bylaw.

Garbage and recycling are top attractants for bears and can easily lead to human-bear interactions. Bears become accustomed to the easy food source and will begin to target those areas for food, leading to even more interactions.

As a result WildSafe B.C. and the city have teamed up to remind residents of the bylaw. Failure to follow the bylaw will get your garbage container ‘tagged’ with a bright sticker reminding you of the attractant and future failures can result in $100 fines from the city.

WildSafe B.C. will be targeting different neighbourhoods around the city throughout the summer.

WildSafe B.C. is also working with the city to present a wildlife speaker series. Bears, cougars, coyotes, bats and snakes will be discussed at events throughout August. All events are from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Bear Necessities, Aug. 6
Kenna Cartwright Park, Main Entrance, Gazebo
Just the Facts – Cougars and Coyotes, Aug. 13
Kenna Cartwright Park, Main Entrance, Gazebo
Going Batty, Aug. 20
Kenna Cartwright Park, Main Entrance, Gazebo
Guest Speaker – Doug Burles, from the Kamloops Community Bat Project
* The first 20 people at this presentation will get to make a bat house
Snakes 101, Aug. 27
Pine Park, Tranquille Creek Parking Lot
Guest Speaker - Frank Ritcey
To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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