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BEARS IN AREA: Follow these bear safety tips

Bears are drawn to the smell of food, so securely store your garbage until the morning of collection day.

Bears are drawn to the smell of food, so securely store your garbage until the morning of collection day.

If possible, keep it indoors in a garage or garden shed, and remove all ripe fruit, bird seed, dirty barbecue grills and anything else that might attract bears.

Tri-City municipalities have bylaws restricting garbage set out times between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. on collection day.

COQUITLAM

Make sure your food scraps go in your green can because it is picked up first; doing so will result in fewer bears knocking over garbage cans to get at food waste. Bear-resistant bins are available at city hall for $140 plus taxes. It is a resident's responsibility to keep garbage away from bears; failing to do so may result in a $500 fine.

PORT MOODY

Animal-resistant waste bins that have been given to homeowners can still be pried open by bears. It is a resident's responsibility to lock up these bins so they are not accessible to bears; failing to do so may result in a $150 fine.

PORT COQUITLAM

Critter Guard locking systems to keep bears out of trash bins are available at city hall for $75. It is up to residents to rid their yard of bear attractants, including garbage, failing to do so could result in a $150 fine.

ANMORE

Garbage bylaws will soon be updated; until that's done, residents are requested not to put garbage in plastic bags which can be picked apart by animals including bears.

For up-to-date information on managing bear attractants, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca.

To make a complaint about a problem bear, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com