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Animal deterrent bylaw in effect
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To help citizens identify BearSmart volunteers, John Clarke, Fish & Wildlife Officer, has distributed magnetically attachable rotating lights for volunteers to attach to their vehicles.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Sept. 24, increased bear activity caused the municipality to start an enforcement campaign.
“Our peace officers are checking to make sure people are properly storing their garbage and making sure they don’t put it out too early, as per our bylaws,” says a municipal representative.
John Clarke, Fish & Wildlife Officer, says there are up to ten black bears in the municipality and that Fish & Wildlife officers are relocating one bear per day on average.
To help citizens identify Bear Smart volunteers, Clarke has distributed magnetically attachable rotating lights for volunteers to attach to their vehicles.
“If [you] see a vehicle with this [light] driving slowly through [your] community late at night, they’re Fish and Wildlife Crowsnest Pass Bear Smart volunteers,” says Clarke. “All they’re doing is making sure bears aren’t in your backyards.”
While most neighbourhoods are clear of attractants, Clarke says others are not complying with municipal bylaws.
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"No owner or occupant of a premises shall place, store, permit or dispose of Animal Attractants outdoors in such a manner that they are accessible to wildlife,” said a release posted to the municipal Facebook page informing residents of Bylaw 864, 2013 Animal Control Bylaw Section 9.1.
According to the bylaw, the definition of an animal attractant is food, or food waste, compost, other waste or garbage, a carcass or part of the carcass of an animal, fish or other meats.
The fine for a first offense is $250, the second offense in 24 months is $500 and the third and subsequent offenses in 24 months is $750.
For more information regarding the Animal Control bylaw please follow this link: www.crowsnest pass.com/municipal-government/legislative/bylaws or contact the Municipal office at 403-562-8833.
Residents are advised that they should put their trash on the curb the morning of garbage day at 6 a.m. at the earliest.
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