Bear Awareness

Green Can picked up BEFORE garbage

To minimize conflict with bears, your curbside Green Can will be picked up BEFORE garbage. To ensure collection, place at the curb between 5:30 and 7:30am on collection day.

The North Shore mountains are prime black bear habitat, and from spring until late fall many bears move down into urban neighbourhoods in search of food. While most of the bear activity is in the upper portions of the Districts of North and West Vancouver, on occasion some bears do move down into the City of North Vancouver through our forested ravines.

The City of North Vancouver is a member of the North Shore Black Bear Network (NSBBN), which is a partnership of the three North Shore municipalities, other communities in the Lower Mainland, the North Shore Black Bear Society (a non-profit Society of North Shore volunteers) and the Conservation Officers Service. The Network provides an opportunity for sharing ideas about how to prevent and reduce human-bear encounters in our communities.

Managing Bear Attractants

Bears have a keen sense of smell and are easily attracted to improperly managed garbage and Green Cans. To you, garbage stinks but to a bear it means dinner! Garbage is the number one bear attractant in residential areas. If you manage or remove the bear attractants on your property you will greatly reduce the chance of attracting bears.

Learn more about how to reduce human-bear conflicts (PDF).

Simple but effective steps to help reduce interactions with bears:

  • Store your garbage and Green Can indoors or in a secure enclosure
  • Freeze your smelly food scraps (like chicken and fish)
  • Put your garbage and Green Can at the curb only on the morning of your pick-up day - no earlier than 5:30am and no later than 7:30am
  • Remove bird feeders between April and November
  • Keep your garbage, Green Can, and barbeque clean
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Pick fruit as it ripens
  • Compost responsibly - watch a video on how to compost in bear country

Residents are reminded that the City's Solid Waste Management Service Bylaw 6920, requires that all garbage and Green Cans be safely stored so they are not accessible by wildlife.

If You Encounter a Bear

  • Stay calm
  • Stand still - do not run
  • Speak calmly
  • Slowly back away

Usually bears are just passing through looking for food, and if the bear finds no food source it will move on. Keep away and give the bear lots of space. If possible take your pets and children indoors.

If you see a bear in your neighbourhood, report the sighting to the North Shore Bear Hotline: 604-990-BEAR (2327).

If the bear is threatening, persistent, or aggressive call a Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or the RCMP at 911.

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