Monday, June 17, 2019

Garbage bin campaign aims to prevent human-wildlife conflict in South Cariboo

Joint Release from the Cariboo Regional District/WildSafe BC:

The Cariboo Regional District and District of 100 Mile House are partnering with WildSafeBC and the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society to educate residents about preventing human-wildlife conflict in the South Cariboo. Garbage is the number one attractant for black bears, which is why garbage bins should not be placed on the curb the night before pickup.

Throughout the summer, WildSafeBC will be visiting various neighbourhoods in 108 Mile Ranch and 100 Mile House and targeting garbage bins placed on the curb the night before pickup. These targeted bins will receive bright yellow stickers warning residents their garbage is an attractant. The campaign has already begun with the first round of garbage tagging taking place in the 108 Mile Ranch last week.

By warning residents and educating the public about attractant management through initiatives such as garbage tagging, WildSafeBC hopes to prevent human-wildlife conflict.

In 2018, the Conservation Officer Service received 155 calls from residents in 108 Mile Ranch and 100 Mile House regarding black bear encounters. Of those calls, 62 were due to food-conditioned bears attracted by garbage.

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. The 2019 garbage tagging program is funded by the Cariboo Regional District and delivered by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society.

For further information about the program or for tips on wildlife safety visit, follow WildSafeBC Cariboo on Facebook, or contact your local Community Coordinator, Amber Gregg, at 250-398-7929 or

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