September 2018 - Garbage Collection & Wildlife Attractants Bylaw No. 2178

BearWavingBylaw Enforcement Officer will be actively enforcing and educating the public on proper ways to avoid human wildlife interactions. 

It is our goal to ensure the public is aware of the rules and restrictions set out in our City Bylaw which governs the storage of containers accessible to wildlife as well as the gleaning of fruit trees and correct disposal of excess fruit as well as other regulations. 

Did you know that for any bear or wildlife sightings you should call the RAPP line first? The RAPP line tracks all types of information on bear sighting; for example, where the bear was sighted, it's physical appearance, if it was sighted with cubs, if it was eating & what it was eating, if it was afraid of humans or not, etc. All of this information is used for future reference, calling the RAPP line DOES NOT mean that the bear will be euthanized; only dangerous, sick, injured or garbage habituated bears with no hope of rehabilitation are euthanized for their safety and our own.

Some regulations you may not know are in effect:

Every Owner must ensure that:

8.2.1 any fruit and/or nuts that have fallen from a tree or bush is removed from the ground and properly disposed of within two days; 

8.2.2 any refrigerator,freezer or similar appliance, device or apparatus that contains food or Attractants, is located and equipped in such a manner that it is inaccessible to wildlife; 

8.2.3 barbeque equipment and tools that remain out of doors must be clean and free of residual food or grease; 

8.2.4 a bird feeder containing bird feed is suspended on a cable or other device in such a manner that it is inaccessible to wildlife and that bird feed fallen from a bird feeder is removed from the ground and properly disposed of within two days; and 

8.2.5 composting activity is maintained in such a manner that avoids odours. Meat or fish products or large amounts of fruit shall never be placed in the compost. Any composting device or equipment is maintained in such a manner that it is inaccessible to wildlife.

Follow the link to read the full Garbage Collection & Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 2183. 

Follow the link to view the City of Revelstoke brochure for Bears in Our Community. 

Bear Bird Feeder

Who to contact:

City of Revelstoke/Bylaw Enforcement: Receives complaints on attractants accessible by wildlife and issues fines to businesses/residents for failing to properly store attractants. . 

Revelstoke Bear Aware: Receives information on bear sightings and posts ‘Bear in Area’ signs, they also answers questions about bears, and receive information on fruit trees that need gleaning. 

The Conservation Officer Service: Deals with human/bear conflict, receives information on bears eating attractants and issues fines to businesses/residents for failing to properly store attractants. 

You should always call the RAPP line prior to calling the Bylaw Enforcement Officers or Bear Aware, the Conservation Officer shares information pertinent information with the City of Revelstoke Bylaw Department as well as Revelstoke Bear Aware and will advise when action is required.

Follow this link to the Bear Aware Society website.

Follow the link to report sighting to the Conservation Officer call the RAPP line.

Please contact the Bylaw Compliance Department for any questions at 250-837-2911 or bylawenforcement@revelstoke.ca.