How it works
A BearSmart community is one that has committed to a plan to reduce the potential for bear-human conflict. BearSmart communities work with Alberta Fish and Wildlife staff to:
- complete a bear hazard assessment
- establish a community-led BearSmart committee
- develop and deliver an education plan
- create bylaws to manage the garbage and other food sources that may attract bears into the community
Become a BearSmart community
Fish and Wildlife staff can help complete a hazard assessment of your community and advise on how to implement the recommendations of the hazard assessment.
- Contact your nearest Fish and Wildlife office by calling 310-0000
Residents living in bear country can take steps to keep their children and pets safe from bears, and ensure their yards do not contain items that attract bears. See: Bears and Residents
- Restrict curb-side placement of garbage to the morning of pick-up.
- Encourage residents and businesses to use bear-resistant waste containers.
- Install electric or chain link fencing around recycling depots.
- Install permanent electric fencing.
- Construct a bear-resistant transfer station that ships garbage outside of the area or to a bear-resistant landfill or incinerator.
- Modify operating hours to make it easier for residents to dispose of their garbage on a regular basis.
- Place bear-resistant dumpsters at landfill sites for the public to use after hours. Empty them regularly.
- Clear berry and fruit-bearing trees and shrubs away from school yards, playgrounds, parks and green spaces.
- Locate green spaces and trails so they do not provide a continuous corridor for wildlife to follow from forested land to residential areas.
- Ensure that sufficient wildlife corridors run around and outside the community.
For information on the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) certified bear-resistant products, visit IGBC online: Bear Resistant Products.
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