Don't feed the bears!

Summer is winding down, and that means bears are coming down out of the hills to feast on fruit – and garbage.

The Central Okanagan Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds the public to manage attractants and not leave garbage out overnight.

Conservation officers confirm bears have already been spotted in several neighbourhoods, from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna.

“With fall around the corner, this is the time bears amp up foraging activity to increase fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife – reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash," says spokesperson Rae Stewart.

Residents are advised not to put garbage, recycling or yard waste carts out for collection the night before pick up.

“Bears in particular, but other animals as well have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. 

''If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned, which leads to them posing a risk to you, your family, and your community," Stewart added.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, click here.

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