Revelstoke’s Garbage Collection and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 2178 (2017) is a bylaw that describes the collection, removal and disposal of garbage, and requires citizens to manage wildlife attractants.
Under 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
(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.
Wildlife Policy and Procedures
These policies and procedures set out by the province of BC and followed by the Conservation Officer Service are designed to guide statutory decision-makers when exercising their decision-making authority, and to provide staff with direction on how to proceed when carrying out specific duties related to their position functions.
- Response Guidelines – Black Bear Family Unit (PDF) (135.6 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Black Bear Single (PDF) (119.1 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Grizzly Bear Family Unit (PDF) (124 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Grizzly Bear Single (PDF) (116.5 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Cougar (PDF) (108.1 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Coyote (PDF) (107.5 KB)
- Response Guidelines – Wolf (PDF) (107.7 KB)