The Conservation Officer Service is urging people not to set out their garbage before collection day. Recently, eight violation tickets were issued in the Deer Ridge area of Summerland. (File photo) (Contributed)

Tickets issued for garbage violations in Summerland

Conservation officers concerned about behaviour attracting bears to residential areas

Conservation officers are continuing to remind residents not to put out their garbage until collection day.

Sgt. James Zucchelli of the South Okanagan Zone Conservation Officer Service said conservation officers recently issued tickets to eight residents in the Deer Ridge area of Summerland after garbage was set out early.

Zucchelli said those who set out their garbage too early are providing an easy food source for bears.

READ ALSO: Bears searching for food

READ ALSO: ‘This is nearly unprecedented’: Five bears killed in Penticton

“Unsecured bear attractants are creating public safety and officer safety threats,” he said. “We’ve been saying this for years.”

Garbage, bird seed and compost all provide easy food sources for bears, Zucchelli explained. When bears become used to these food sources, they also lose their fear of people.

Zucchelli hopes the violation tickets, at $345 each, help to deter people from setting out their garbage too early. But he said conservation officers do not want to spend their time simply issuing tickets.

“We don’t want to go door to door being the garbage police,” he said.

“We want to have the people managing their attractants so they are not creating this public safety threat.”

He explained that once a bear becomes accustomed to garbage as a food source, the bear will have to be destroyed.

While some jurisdictions have attempted to relocate problem bears, Zucchelli said a bear with a taste for garbage will make great efforts to seek out a new garbage source. In addition, relocated bears are often attacked by other bears in the areas where they are taken.

While the tickets at the end of April were issued in the Deer Ridge area, Zucchelli said the problem of garbage set out too early is happening throughout the community and throughout the South Okanagan.

Those observing wildlife conflicts are asked to call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bearsGarbage

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BREAKING: Fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 97 near Summerland

The incident involving a motorcycle happened just before 4 p.m.

Summerland RCMP introduce online crime reporting

Online reporting aims to free up officers for serious emergencies and pro-active policing

COVID-19 closes Okanagan College summer camps

Popular Camp OC put on shelf from Salmon Arm to Penticton, and Revelstoke, until 2021

COVID-19: SD67 approves budget reductions

Staff positions will be cut to balance budget

COVID-19: Pre-recorded graduation events planned for students in School District 67

Graduates from Penticton Secondary have created petition to urge postponement of grad ceremonies

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Peachland recovery task force proposes larger patios

Several initiatives proposed by the Peachland COVID-19 recovery task force will go to council tonight

Tagging Suicide Hill in Vernon in lieu of grad party?

City councillor pitches idea to revive old tradition amid COVID-19 pandemic

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

North Okanagan campers trashing rules

Campers still pitching tents, and leaving garbage, despite sites not being open until June 1

Most Read