It’s peak season for bear activity in Coquitlam.
Just last month, a 10-year-old girl was mauled at a local park, prompting a warning from the city.
But Steffanie Warriner with the city says people aren’t getting the message, with dozens of fines handed out in the last three weeks.
“Since August 25th, we have handed out approximately 40 tickets.”
Warriner says more bears tend to come out in September, before fall hits.
“Right now, these first couple weeks of September are known to be the peak for bear activity. Bears are foraging right now for food, they are fattening up, they’re getting ready to hibernate, and this is a very critical time for everybody to be doing their part to not be attracting bears into their neighborhoods.”
Since January, the city has issued 1,400 warnings and 170 tickets.
The city is asking residents to keep trash secured until morning of pick-up.