Living safely with wildlife

The District is home to a variety of wild animals, including skunks, raccoons, coyotes, cougars and bears. Whether they're searching for food, or looking for a warm place to call home, there are steps you can take to make your property less inviting to them.      

Animal proof your garbage

Garbage is one of the main reasons animals come to our neighbourhoods. There are several simple steps you can take to ensure you're properly handling your garbage and discouraging unwanted visits from wildlife:

  • Place your garbage, recycling, and green waste curbside on collection day between 5:30am - 7:30am (never leave it out overnight)
  • Freeze food waste and add it to your green can on the morning of your collection (this helps reduce odours that attract animals)
  • Keep your garbage cans, green cans, and recycling containers clean (rinsing your cans and containers helps reduce odours)
  • Store your garbage, recycling, and green water inside your house, garage or secure enclosure until the morning of collection
  • Rinse your recycling before placing it in your curbside container    

Be bear aware

Bears occasionally wander into our neighbourhoods looking for food, and not just garbage. They're also attracted by fruit trees bearing over-ripe fruit, or easily accessible bird feeders, among other things. 

Learn how to bear proof your yard

Review what to do if you encounter a bear

Report a bear sighting to 604-990-BEAR (2327)

Report a cougar sighting

Cougar sightings in the District are rare. However, the backcountry areas surrounding the district are cougar territory and on occasion, cougars have been spotted in our neighbourhoods.

Learn what to do if you see a cougar 

Report a cougar sighting to 604-990-2327