A BC Conservation officer says with the move to Zero Waste in Metro Vancouver, improperly stored food scrap waste is creating increased conflict between people and bears.
“People just phone in: bear in garbage, bear in garbage, bear in garbage, bear got to my garbage.”
Sgt. Todd Hunter says the food being left in unlocked containers is like a smorgasbord for bears who love an easy meal, and even locks aren’t a sure thing.
“Let’s say that they’re resistant – a bear can get in to them if they really want to spend some time especially in the middle of the night when no one is up and about.”
Hunter says the biggest problem now is in the Tri-Cities.
Tickets for leaving scraps out start at a few hundred dollars, escalating to $575 OR a court date for a second infraction.