There’s a bear roaming in the Coquitlam area, trying to sniff through loose garbage bins.
The city says residents need to be bear smart not just in summer.
Environmental Services manager Steffanie Warriner says it’s becoming a year-round problem.
“We really need people practicing that responsible garbage management, securing their garbage, not putting it out the night before collection. The city bylaws do apply year-round, and we are monitoring for this.”
The young black bear has been spotted roaming around the Tri-Cities area over recent weeks, and it’s become habituated to residential areas, combing for loose garbage.
“Bears in this area don’t go into a typical sleep hibernation phase. They’ll come in and out of their dens and I think that’s what we’re experiencing right now,” says Warriner.
She says despite still being in the winter season, homeowners need to keep garbage secure and take it out to the curb on pickup day.