Autumn means it’s time to be extra-Bear Aware

This is the season when bears are returning to Revelstoke in search of food. In response Revelstoke Bear Aware is running a fall garbage tagging campaign. Janette Vickers photo courtesy of Revelstoke Bear Aware

Fall is here and the bears are in town!

Recently, there have been bear sightings reported in most neighbourhoods in Revelstoke.  Revelstoke Bear Aware is educating residents about the importance of managing bear attractants such as garbage and fruit trees to decrease human-bear conflicts.

Many bears that come into Revelstoke are being rewarded with an easy meal of garbage or fruit and will continue to return to these areas as long as a food source is provided. Eating food provided by humans renders a bear food-conditioned.

Garbage is consistently available to bears and is the No. 1 bear attractant in Revelstoke.  Currently, the City of Revelstoke‘s Garbage Collection Bylaw No.1759 restricts garbage being placed on the curb between the hours of 7am and 7pm on the day of collection. While most residents adhere to the Bylaw, many people place their garbage on the curb the night before pickup.

Revelstoke Bear Aware will be conducting a Fall Garbage Tagging Campaign in the next few weeks. Residents placing their garbage on the curb the night before garbage day may wake up to a bright yellow sticker on their can that states Garbage Attracts Bears, Store Containers Inside Until Collection Day.

If you have fruit trees, consider taking part in The Gleaning Project, which gathers surplus fruits and vegetables from our community, helping to reduce bear attractants as well as decrease potential human-bear conflict. Residents with excess fruit can contact Revelstoke Bear Aware to arrange for volunteers to harvest their fruit.  The volunteers receive some of the fruit and the remaining fruit is donated to Community Connections Food Bank.

Jackie Morris and Karilyn Kempton pluck plums from a tree for the Gleaning Project — a joint venture of Revelstoke Bear Aware and the Community Connections Food Bank. Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Bear Aware

The project also invites all residents to donate their extra fruit, berries and vegetables directly to Community Connections Food Bank. If you are away when your fruit is ripening or unable to pick it yourself, please contact Revelstoke Bear Aware to arrange for volunteers to come to your home. By taking part in The Gleaning Project you help people in need and prevent food from going to waste.

Please contact Revelstoke Bear Aware at 250-837-8624 or for more information or to take part in The Gleaning Project. You can also view the Google Earth Bear Sighting Map online at

To report bear sightings or problem bears please call the RAPP Line at 1-877-952 7277.