Revelstoke Bear Aware develops cost sharing program for bear resistant storage bins

The bins provide a solution for people without access to a closed garage or shed to store garbage, compost and other bear attractants.

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A black bear. Photo: Revelstoke Bear Aware

Submitted by Revelstoke Bear Aware.

Revelstoke Bear Aware is leading a hands on project to stop bears from accessing garbage. The society has developed a cost sharing program for bear resistant storage bins for Revelstoke residents.

For years Revelstoke residents have seen bears coming into city limits. We know that garbage is the number one attractant for bears, with fruit trees coming in a close second. Since 2016, when 24 bears were killed within city limits, residents are getting better at reducing these attractants.

In 2017 Revelstoke Bear Aware received many questions about what residents could do to keep their garbage secure. The bear resistant storage bins are a great solution to store garbage, compost, recycling, pet feed and any other bear attractant for people who do not have a closed garage or shed. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for residents to secure their garbage.

The Tyedee bins are certified bear resistant and meet all requirements by the City of Revelstoke’s garbage and wildlife bylaw as well as the BC Wildlife Act. Image: Revelstoke Bear Aware.

“We are excited to introduce this new bear resistant storage bin program. With the number of people requesting somewhere secure to store garbage on a daily basis, it only made sense that the Revelstoke Bear Aware Society put together a tangible solution for Revelstoke residents.” said Revelstoke Bear Aware coordinator, Maggie Spizzirri.

The bear resistant storage bins can be purchased at Revelstoke Home Hardware. Revelstoke Bear Aware is offering $300 off the original Tyedee bin price and the price in the store is the discounted price for the bins. The bin is certified bear resistant and meets all requirements by the City of Revelstoke’s garbage and wildlife bylaw as well as the BC Wildlife Act.

You can visit the Revelstoke Bear Aware website for more information about the project, as well as tips for bear proofing your yard.

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