Has Your Garbage Been 'Tagged'?
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Black bear nudging a garbage container photo courtesy Joanne Siderius
Prince George, BC - In a bid to raise awareness, members of Bear Aware and the Northern Bear Awareness Society have been out 'tagging' city garbage bins placed at the curb the night before pick-up.
Prince George Bear Aware Community Coordinator, Laura Bass, says waiting until morning to roll out your bin makes a huge difference. (photo at right courtesy Bear Aware/Northern Bear Awareness Society)
"Garbages placed on the curbside overnight attract wildlife and bears to neighbourhoods all around the city," says Bass. "Garbage is the number one human-produced attractant that lures bears into our city every year."
Bass points, "These bears will most likely be destroyed because of the danger they can pose to public safety."
Since April, Bass says seven black bears have been killed because of mismanaged backyard attractants like garbage.
The West Bowl area of the city has been found to have the highest number of garbages waiting overnight at the curb, compared to the city's other four zones.
Bear Aware and the NBAS are reminding residents that keeping garbage secure overnight will help ensure public safety, minimize the destruction of bears, and may also save you a fine. The City's garbage bylaw states collection carts should not be at the curb before 4am on the date of pick-up, and the Wildlife Act states that the unintentional or intentional feeding of wildlife is illegal.
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Could these people please explain to me how 40 feet from my backyard to the curb makes a difference in attracting bears? The bears nose knows where the food is and 40 feet isn't going to make a bit of difference. A lot of people in the West bowl area are backed up against green belts, so is the next step to fine those people for storing their garbage in their backyards? All I can do is laugh!
It's not. They would probably tell you to move it inside (a shed or garage). It is easy to tag cans on the street; otherwise, they would have to go on your property to do so.
I like the idea behind it all but think you are wasting a lot of time, energy and money on this idea of the tags...
but i wish you well .....
I wonder if a similar idea would work for those who still think not texting or talking on their cell phones while driving is for everyone else but them....???
Agreed. There is a huge amount of taxpayer money spent in the name of 'awareness' on many fronts, mostly to protect people from their own stupidity.
but i think the most of the people they tag really don't care about anything but themselves....
the tagging is a waste of money not the education if it works.....
So while my garbage can sits in the back yard all week, moving it a few feet all of a sudden attracts bears. What a waste of time.
Make the bears work for their meals.
As for awareness, I think we all get it. We are aware. Thanks.
Don't get melodramatic. Could you imagine the uproar if the City tried to tell people where they could store the garbage can on their own property? People would be making comparisons to Nazi Germany no doubt.
Give me a ticket! I don't care, and I won't pay it, see ya in court!
The judge then would likely say "Ok then, see ya in jail, until the ticket is paid". It's not worth it to me, but hey, if you want to make a principled political statement out of this, I won't stop you.
But that wasn't my garbage can sir judge. Just because there was a garbage can in front of my house does it make it mine?
So here is the deal. You can't store your garbage outside anymore because it attracts bears. So the City Of PG will stop collecting garbage infront of your house once a week because the setting out of garbage goes against the Wildlife act.
So this it what everyone in PG will have to do.......
Once you can't stand the smell of garbage in your own home you must take it to the nearest transfer station and dispose of it in bear safe manner. If the transfer station has a fee you will pay that fee.
If you have fruit trees and or bushes in your yard you will be fined by a Conservation Officer for breaking the Wildlife act of un-intentionally feeding wildlife. You will be given two weeks to remove those attractants. The City of PG will have to remove all fruit trees and wildberry bushes from within the City limits.
This will stop all the bears from coming into town and none will have to be destroyed.
Crap! What to do about the bbq's and the smell from all those restuarants!
1. For those who wish to stay in harmony with wildlife such as bears, please do not create urban developments in the middle of bear country.
2. If you do create such urban development in those locations, do not then create wildlife corridors, either intentionally or unintentionally.
3. When unwanted wildlife does enter the developments in spite of all the design precautions taken, remove the wildlife to remote areas or kill it.
4. Not everyone has a shed or garage to store garbage. Having bylaws that speak about moving garbage cans at certain times has nothing to do with bears, as people have already posted. An effective bylaw would deal with requiring properly secured structures to house the garbage cans. If there is such a bylaw, then the city is not enforcing it. Should be the easiest thing in the world to do.
5. The garbage cans should be designed to prevent bears from accessing the contents. Not only that, they should be designed to prevent bears from smelling the contents. The garbage cans are the City’s, so it is the City’s fault for providing us with an inferior product. It is inferior because it is not designed for the purpose it should be designed for in “bear territory”.
If anyone thinks that the City has not done its due diligence, then, in my opinion you are correct. Why do I think that? Because we are not the only location that might have the occasional bear disturbance. Look at places like Alaska, Colorado, etc. for to see what is done there as far as bylaws go.
Here is one from a community in Colorado.
“This ordinance does not limit time or placement of trash containers until a wildlife trash disturbance has occurred and you have received a courtesy notice of violation. If you receive a courtesy notice of violation and lack a garage, shed, or trash enclosure to store your trash, a wildlife-resistant trash container is required. Wildlife-resistant trash containers can be stored outside during the week, as long as they remain latched at all times, with the exception of being unlatched when placed curbside on the morning of trash collection.”
Now that seems reasonable to me in many ways.
Work together on this, City Hall! Don’t give us an inferior product, hand it over, and say: ”here, you take care of how you can bear proof it.”
In my view Bear Aware is complicit in this situation by not doing their research and coming up with reasonable solutions as I think places like those in Colorado have.