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Lake Okanagan Resort planning upgrades to keep garbage bear troubles at bay

The composting area where bears were getting into garbage at Lake Okanagan Resort was above and to the south of the Terrace building.
October 18, 2019 - 7:00 AM

There are plans to upgrade the barriers around a Lake Okanagan Resort composter, following being fined for letting bears get into its garbage.

“(A conservation officer), she came here, she checked that facility,” Mohammod Palha, operations manager for the resort, told yesterday Oct. 17. “Yes, there are some bears that pull the garbage out of the composters that are fenced there. She told me they were planning on a fine for that but I didn’t get anything yet so I’m not sure about that part.”

Conservation Officer Sgt. Jeff Hanratty told the media yesterday that a West Kelowna business was being charged after six problem bears had to be destroyed but would not identify the business.

Palha said the area in question is used to compost food waste from the resort and is fenced but some cubs have been able to get under the fence. He’s planning to put an electric fence into the existing gap to prevent further intrusions and has cleaned up the mess.

The composting facility is near the former workers’ quarters just to the south of the resort, not on the resort lands themselves, he said. That’s an area the resort owners were considering developing but ran into opposition from the Central Okanagan Regional District.

The resort has been criticized by timeshare and strata owners over the past few months for a lack of maintenance and other problems.

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