Bears are attracted to curbside garbage, recycling and organic materials and are learning to repeatedly seek out these food sources in residential areas.
In response to growing numbers of human-bear conflicts in the region, the Cowichan Valley Regional District and BC Conservation Officer Service are seeking public cooperation in preventing wildlife conflicts by not putting garbage and recycling totes at the curb the night before collection.
Per CVRD Bylaw No. 1958, do not take your garbage or recycling totes to the curbside before 5 a.m. on your collection day. Residents who put their garbage and recycling at the curbside prior to 5 a.m. will have warning stickers placed on their totes, and repeat offenders will be issued fines of up to $230 by CVRD bylaw staff and BC Conservation Officers.