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Use bear bins or pack it out, says Parks Canada, as litter piles up in Banff

Banff National Park's wilderness is being marred by littering this year and it may be due to COVID-19 fears of touching surfaces.

One official says people might be hesitant to touch the garbage bins due to COVID-19

People canoe across the iconic Lake Louise in Banff National Park. (Banff & Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka Photography)

Banff National Park's wilderness is being marred by littering this year and it may be due to COVID-19 fears of touching surfaces.

Daniella Rubeling, the visitor experience manager for Banff, says some people are not using the bear proof bins found throughout the park and she wonders if it's the result of the pandemic.

"If for some reason they are uncomfortable in using the bear proof bins that are provided, we really want people to plan ahead to make sure they bring their own garbage bag and they pack out any garbage they might have," she said. 

"Whether that's in the front country or the back country."

Rubeling says Parks Canada works hard to educate the public about how garbage acts as an animal attractant, but the message isn't getting through to some people this year.

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