Up here on Burke Mountain, we live in an “Identified Bear Activity Area”. As new development pushes further into the mountain, bear sightings and bear encounters are occurring more frequently.

Every year, bears are killed by conservation officers due to careless residents leaving their garbage out - particularly in the upper Coast Meridian area.  Living in an identified bear activity area means that there are garbage restrictions.  You cannot put out your garbage the night before – you must wait until no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am on the day of collection. Green waste is collected every week, and you should use it to dispose of your food scraps and organic waste such as grass clippings and leaves.

Here are some additional tips to help you protect yourself and the bears from danger, courtesy of the City of Coquitlam:

Be Bear AwareBe Bear Aware!

More than 1,000 bears are killed every year in British Columbia because of bear-human conflicts.  Almost all of these bears were attracted into neighbourhoods by improperly stored garbage and other attractants. 

Exposure to humans causes bears to lose their natural fear of people.  When this happens, bears become a potential threat.

What to do if you see a bear in your neighbourhood.

Click here for more information on Bear Aware

Click here for Vancouver Sun article on bears in the Tri-Cities

Click here for Tri-Cities News article on bears