Be bear smart
Don’t invite bears over for a midnight snack.
Bears and other wildlife will come into our communities looking for easy sources of food. Residential collection carts, fruit trees, bird feeders and other human-related food sources are strong attractants. Once a bear receives a food reward it can lose its natural wariness of humans. Food-conditioned bears can pose a serious safety risk in communities and may need to be trapped and relocated or even euthanized.
Prevent this from happening by securing all food attractants and by managing your waste properly.
Here are some things you can do:
- Set your carts out no earlier than 5 a.m. and no later than 7 a.m. on collection day.
- Put away your carts after collection, no later than 7 p.m.
- Store your carts inside a garage or other secure enclosure.
- Freeze food waste prior to putting it out in the green cart on your collection day.
- Clean the carts periodically to reduce odours.
- Don't put your carts out overnight.
- We kindly ask our residents to work with their neighbors if their schedule doesn't allow them to put out their carts between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on their collection day.
- Let's all do our part to keep our community safe and avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
It's important to remember that overnight cart set out has been identified as a significant attractant of bears and other wildlife. That's why we recommend only putting out your carts the morning of collection, this is standard practice in many municipalities that have a history of bear-human conflicts.
To help The City respond more rapidly in future situations when public safety is at risk, amendments to the Waste Bylaw 4M2020 have been made.
Discovery Ridge has now been temporarily designated a “wildlife affected”.
- Areas designated as “wildlife affected” have new requirements for residential waste storage and set out for collection.
- Specifically, Calgarians in those areas need to store waste in a garage, shed or other secure enclosure. This applies all carts and extra bags of yard waste or tag-a-bag garbage.
- Calgarians in these areas are required to limit overnight set-out of residential waste for collection. Waste can be set out no earlier than 5:00 am on the day of collection, and empty carts returned to their secure storage enclosure no later than 7:00 pm on the day of collection.
- Based on our research of other municipalities, overnight set-out of waste is the most significant attractant of bears and other wildlife.
For details, please go to The City of Calgary: City Council Agenda & Minutes and search for 4M2020.
This is part of a comprehensive approach that starts with awareness and education to keep citizens and wildlife safe.
Alberta Fish & Wildlife advises that if you do encounter a bear: Do not panic and quickly collect your children and pets and go indoors. Call your nearest Fish & Wildlife office at 310-0000 or 1-800-642-3800 to report your encounter.
Together we can keep our neighbours and any visiting bears safe.