The City of Merritt would like to remind residents that this is the time of year that bear sightings increase as they prepare for dormancy.
Every year bear-human conflict occurs in Merritt, and in some cases results in the destruction of bears. The City of Merritt asks that you do your part and manage your bear attractants.
• Garbage is the #1 attractant for bears and can attract bears away from their normal habitat.
• “Other Bear Attractants” include: any and all food wastes, offal, and accumulations of discarded fruit, whether on public or private land.
• Bears are most active at night so garbage cannot be placed curbside the night before the scheduled pick-up day.
• City of Merritt Solid Waste Bylaw requires that garbage cans must be placed curbside after 5:00 a.m. the morning of collection.