New bear-proof garbage and recycle bins

New bear-proof garbage and recycle bins

RDMW battles bears with bins

Bear-proof garbage and recycle bins installed in regional parks with help of gas tax funding.

Using approximately $20,000 of federal gas tax revenues, the Regional District of Mount Waddington is installing bear proof garbage and recycling bins at Quatse Regional Park (pictured), Link River Regional Park at Alice Lake, and Kwaksistah Regional Park near Winter Harbour.

Thanks to an extremely generous donation from Tide Rip Grizzly Tours, the Beaver Cove lookout just outside Telegraph Cove will also have a new bear proof receptacle installed.

These bins have been placed in key locations to help protect bears from

becoming habitual consumers of human food waste, a problem which inevitably leads to their euthanization. RDMW encourages the public to be responsible in its stewardship. If the bins are full, pack out your garbage with you — do not dump waste on the ground beside a full bin.

Local residents should not dispose of their domestic garbage in them; scheduled garbage collection services cannot cope with the volumes generated by illegal fly tipping, thus bears and the public are further endangered.

Report any witnessed offences or problems to the Regional District at 250-956-3301, info@rdmw.bc.ca, or the Conservation Office: 1-800-663-WILD.”