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RMWB testing bear-proof bins in Saprae Creek, may come to different neighbourhoods

Council and this system’s outcomes will decide if the bins needs to be despatched to different communities.

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Bear-proof rubbish bins are being examined in Saprae Creek by the municipality. Relying on the success of the pilot program, the bins may very well be rolled out in different neighbourhoods and communities throughout Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo.

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Saprae Creek was chosen due to a excessive variety of bear sightings throughout the neighborhood. For the reason that neighborhood was picked, bear incidents throughout the area are up however nonetheless inside regular expectations.

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The bear-resistant curbside bins have been already examined at a smaller degree in Saprae Creek final yr. This system went nicely and other people reported fewer interactions with wildlife. This system could have 300 of the bins despatched to properties.

A municipal spokesperson stated council will evaluation the outcomes of this system and resolve methods to transfer ahead. If bins are despatched to different communities, these locations might be picked based mostly on latest wildlife interactions.

“We reside in bear nation and which means we’ll expertise interactions with bears and different wildlife,” stated Antoine Rempp, the municipality’s environmental companies director, in a press release. “This pilot venture is meant to assist scale back the variety of these interactions.”

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Chris Paish, Fish and Wildlife Officer in Fort McMurray, stated in a July interview there have been 118 incidents involving 152 bears to date this yr. Final yr there have been 93 incidents involving 115 bears. Paish says that is inside regular parameters, however remains to be regarding.

Current wildfires outdoors Fort Chipewyan have pushed bears nearer to the neighborhood as they search for new meals sources. In Fort McMurray, bears are sometimes drawn in direction of properties as a result of they scent meals. This time of yr can also be when berries and fruits are rising on timber and bushes throughout the boreal forest.

“It’s loads simpler for a bear to tip over one in all our black bins that we’ve ignored all week and seize a snack from there than it’s to try to choose blueberries which have the identical caloric worth,” stated Paish.

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RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife counsel folks:

  • Take away attractants from round your private home (pure meals like fruit and berry-producing shrubs and timber).
  • Safe rubbish, compost bins, chook feeders and pets.
  • Maintain lawns mowed and yards weed-free, particularly dandelions.
  • Don’t feed pets outdoors. Maintain pet meals inside.
  • Maintain barbecues clear and take drip pans inside.
  • Make numerous noise and carry bear spray when strolling on trails.
  • In the event you see cubs, bear in mind the mom bear is probably going close by.

Report bear sightings that aren’t emergencies to Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 780-743-7200. If the sighting is after enterprise hours, name the Report A Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3800.

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