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Bear Aware

Bear Aware

Posted on August 29th, 2017 by Town Of Princeton in What's New

To report wildlife in conflict please contact the BC Conservation Officer Service reporting line at :



If you manage the bear attractants around your house or worksite you can keep your family safe and keep bears from being destroyed.  There are a number of things you can do:

1. Keep all garbage securely stored until collection day.  Placing garbage at the curb before collection day is poor behavior and often illegal.

2. Manage your fruit trees and berry bushes responsibly.  Pick all fruit as it ripens and ensure that windfalls do not accumulate.

3. Bird feeders often become bear-feeders, so please only feed birds during the winter months.

4. Feed pets indoors, or if fed out of doors, take in any feed that is not immediately eaten.

5. Keep your barbecue clean and free from odours.  Burn off the grill every time after use and clean out the grease traps.

6. Manage your compost properly.  Composts should have equal amounts of brown and green materials added to reduce odours.

Bears have a sense of smell far greater than that of dogs and it is this sense of smell that helps them locate food at great distances. 

If you have any problems with bears in your yard contact the BC Conservation Officer Service reporting line at 1-877-952-7277 or for more information visit