Despite a the vicious mauling of a 10 year old girl by a habituated bear, along with dozens of fines, some Coquitlam residents still aren’t getting the message when it comes to safe trash handling.
Coquitlam has issued 60 fines in the last 10 days alone, each one worth a hefty $500, and all of them after the attack.
To make matters worse those were handed out in areas where the city has received reports of several bear sightings.
The city’s Environmental Services Manager Steffanie Warriner says bylaw officers are busy.
“Our call volume has gone up substantially and we’re receiving about 100 calls a week now”
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But with 60 fines Councillor Terri Towner is expressing frustration that the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.
“We just have to keep telling them that if we can’t keep bears out of our garbage, that our neighborhoods will be at risk and bears will be shot.”
She says some residents are receptive to the message, others, not so much.
“[I saw] three residents with their carts out and I spoke to all three of them and two of them admitted to me that it was just a routine and they immediately pulled their green waste back in and the other resident just shooed me away.”
130 citations have been issued so far in 2016, on top of more than 1,300 warnings.
In Coquitlam, residents are not allowed to take trash out before 5:30am on the morning of pick-up day.
The girl mauled by the bear in Coquitlam River Park Survived.