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Bear Smart

People and wildlife, such as bears, are increasingly sharing space throughout Kamloops, so it’s important that we learn how to live with them harmoniously. One of the main reasons bears will enter neighbourhoods is because of mismanaged garbage.

Changing Our Behaviour

Keep Garbage Out of Reach

Garbage is not healthy for bears. When bears learn that garbage means food, they come back to it again and again. 

  • Store garbage, organics and recycling in a garage or some other bear-resistant fashion
  • Wait until 4:00 am on collection day to place your garbage on the curb  

Compost Responsibly

Pick ripe fruit quickly and remove unwanted fruit trees. Bears are omnivores, so they love eating vegetation, berries, and other fruit. Make sure your backyard isn’t providing lunch for bears!

Check Your Yard for Bear Attractants

Remove the temptations that could invite bears into your yard:

  • Store pet food indoors
  • Keep your barbecue clean
  • Remove bird feeders from May to November
  • Pick ripe fruit quickly and remove unwanted fruit trees
  • Manage back yard composters properly, and do not compost animal products, such as meats, greases, dairy

Don't Feed the Bears

Remember that a fed bear is a dead bear. Feeding bears, even unintentionally, is against the law in BC. (Dangerous Wildlife Protection Act, section 88.1).

Residents are reminded that the "Bear Smart Bylaw" is in effect between April 1 and November 30, and infractions may result in a $100 fine (as outlined in Solid Waste and Recyclables Bylaw No. 40-67, 2021).

  • Carts should not be placed on the curb prior to 4:00 am on collection day
  • Do not accumulate or improperly store bear attractants

To find out where the most recent wildlife sightings have been in Kamloops, visit the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. For more information, contact the Kamloops WildSafeBC Coordinator at 250-828-2551 or visit WildSafeBC.

Report all sightings by calling the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277