Bear in Britannia Beach getting into garbage
SLRD Bylaw Officer
Bear in Britannia Beach getting into garbage
SLRD Bylaw Officer

Managing Wildlife Attractants

Help Keep Wildlife Wild

The best way to keep bears and other wildlife safe is to not attract them to areas that are frequented by people. It is far easier to keep wildlife away in the first place than it is to teach a food-conditioned animal to stay away from unnatural food that it has learned to enjoy.

SLRD Bylaw Enforcement and Wildlife Attractant Violation Fines

  • Maximum fine of up to $500 per occurrence. See the full infraction fine list here.

  • Find more details on Wildlife Attractant Bylaws in the SLRD and throughout our Member Municipalities here

Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary killing of bears and other wildlife that come into conflict with people. Below is quick list from WildSafeBC to help you remember how to properly manage wildlife attractants.


  1. Keep your garbage secure - including in a bear resistant container and inside a secure location. 
  2. Don’t put your garbage out until the day of collection.
  3. Pick fruit as it ripens and pick up all wind-falls.
  4. Bring bird feeders in from April to November and when you are not using them.
  5. Feed pets indoors.
  6. Keep compost working properly; a smelly compost is a sign that it is not working. Find tips here.
  7. Protect fruit trees and small livestock with a properly installed and maintained electric fence.
  8. Do not feed wildlife.
  9. Keep barbecues clean and odour free.
  10. Report all wildlife sightings and any conflicts immediately to the provincial Conservation Officer Service report line at 1.877.952.7277

Bylaws and Enforcement

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional and all of our member municipalities have bylaws to regulate the appropriate management of wildlife attractants.

Learn more about your local Wildlife Attractant Bylaw here.

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