More Bear Warnings in Armstrong

After a warning earlier in the week of a garbage bear that had to be put down, Armstrong residents are still not taking measures to prevent the habituation of bears.

The City of Armstrong says Bylaw officers made patrols of the Highland Park area of Armstrong on Tuesday. Out of 97 homes 12 written and 3 verbal warnings were issued to residents that had placed their garbage curbside prior to 7:00am on garbage day. Staff received comments from residents that have a number of excuses as to why they put their garbage out a day early ranging from “Its stinks, I don’t want it in my house” to “ I don’t want to get up at 7:00am, I like to sleep in”.

Bylaw says it is not all negative as they are seeing improvement and it’s a hot topic on social media but there is still a lot of work to be done as the numbers show.  The City says they don’t want to write tickets unless they have to, rather education and positive communication is key.  Community Services Manager, Warren Smith, says it’s great to see people helping each other with mitigating measures. When it comes to contributing to the habituation of bears it’s about changing the way we have been doing things that we have done for many years.

To report a bear incident contact the BC Conservation Officer 24 hour Hotline 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). For more information on being a good bear neighbour go to the BC Conservation Office or Wild Safe BC websites.