Invermere’s new garbage bins are not bear resistant; WildsafeBC
The new bins are much more sturdy and an improvement compared to the variety of containers used previously. It is important to note that these containers are not bear-proof or bear-resistant. For a bin to be deemed bear-resistant, it undergoes a test in which a grizzly or black bear cannot access the bin for at minimum an hour. Since bears are incredibly smart, adaptive, and powerful animals, it is rare to find any fully bear-proof container.
For the community’s safety and the prevention of unnecessary wildlife fatalities, it is the residences’ responsibility that garbage is to be stored indoors until the morning of pick-up.
This aligns with the bylaw number 1426, which prohibits the feeding of deer and controlling of wildlife attractants.
Please see the following link to read more about living with wildlife: https://wildsafebc.com/learn/live/
Bring excess waste to the Invermere transfer station on Industrial road 1 in Athalmer or Columbia Valley Landfill located at 1884 Windermere Loop Road, open seven days a week.
Corinna Strauss, WildSafeBC Columbia Valley Community Coordinator.