Be Bear Aware

City bylaw and Provincial law relating to bears

Revelstoke bylaw

Revelstoke’s Garbage Collection and Disposal Bylaw #2080  (2015) states that garbage can be put put as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 7:00 a.m.

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The bylaw also states that all garbage containers must be stored in a location not accessible by wildlife, when not at the curb.

Provincial laws

Under the new amendments to the British Columbia Wildlife Act, it is an offense for people in B.C. to feed dangerous wildlife (bears, cougars, coyotes, and wolves) or disobey orders to remove and clean up food, food waste, or other substances that can attract dangerous wildlife to their premises. Conservation Officers may issue a written dangerous wildlife protection order that requires “the removal or containment of attractants.” If people fail to comply with the order they could face a heavy penalty. Here is an excerpt from the Act.

British Columbia Wildlife Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 488

ATTRACTING DANGEROUS WILDLIFE
33.1

(1) A person must not
(a) intentionally feed or attempt to feed dangerous wildlife, or
(b) provide, leave or place an attractant in, on or about any land or premises with the intent of attracting dangerous wildlife.
(2) A person must not leave or place an attractant in, on or about any land or premises where there are or where there are likely to be people, in a manner in which the attractant could
(a) attract dangerous wildlife to the land or premises, and
(b) be accessible to dangerous wildlife.
(3) Subject to subsections (5) and (6), a person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence.
(4) If an offence under this section continues for more than one day, separate fines, each not exceeding the maximum fine for that offence, may be imposed for each day the offence continues.
(5) A person does not contravene subsection (1) (b) or (2) by providing, leaving or placing an attractant in, on or about any land or premises for the purposes of hunting or trapping wildlife in accordance with all other applicable provisions of this Act and the regulations.
(6) A person does not contravene subsection (2)
(a) by conducting a farm operation, as defined in section 1 of the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act, if the person
(i) conducts the farm operation on, in or over land anywhere in British Columbia, and
(ii) meets the requirements set out in section 2 (2) (a) and (c) of that Act, or
(b) by operating a facility for the disposal of waste, that is operated in accordance with the Environmental Management Act by a municipality, as defined in section 1 (1) of that Act.
(7) For the purposes of this section, “leave”, in relation to a person who is an owner, tenant or occupant of land or premises, includes to fail to remove an attractant from or to allow an attractant to remain in, on or about that land or those premises.

 

 

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