Wild Wise Sooke is reminding neighbours to store their garbage in a secure building or garage until the morning of collection.
Putting garbage out to the road too early or storing bins outside leaves them vulnerable to wildlife. This could damage or destroy your bin and leave an unwelcome mess in your yard/driveway not to mention the many negative consequences for wildlife.
Garbage that is thrown about can attract raccoons, rats, crows, ravens etc and leave them susceptible to road traffic injuries. Bears are also highly attracted to unsecured garbage- a bear that learns how to get garbage will not soon forget and will continue to return night after night searching for more. This can be very dangerous as the bear may act defensively and dangerously if approached or startled by pets or humans.
We can avoid these human-wildlife conflicts by properly securing our garbage in a building or garage until the morning of collection. Freezing organic waste if possible will help reduce the smell.
Samantha Webb, BSc, RVT, WR
Wild Wise Community Coordinator
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