Port Coquitlam, B.C., homeowners must bear-proof garbage
Starting Aug. 4, all residents in "designated enforcement areas" will have two options: keep their garbage bins in a garage or shed, or keep them in special bins with a bear-resistant lock. Those with regular bins will only be allowed to take out the trash between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. on collection day.
This follows 125 bear sightings in the Vancouver suburb in the past 10 weeks, and a record number last year.
Don Scoones, the city's bylaw manager, adds that this year, more bears are doing more than rooting through curbside bins.
"What's of concern this year is the number of home invasions by bears. There's been I think four or five, so public safety is very much at risk, so we have to do something," said Scoones.
"Even if one person doesn't comply, and puts out the garbage early, and makes it a meal for a bear, to make it easy for a bear to come for a meal, then the whole block is at risk," said Zahynacz.
Louise Williams, the city's bear awareness co-ordinator, agrees the bylaws are necessary.
"In the last two weeks, I have stickered over 725 garbage bins that have been left out on the streets the night before garbage pickup," said Williams.