Be "Bear Smart"

Coquitlam is home to bears, coyotes and other urban wildlife. These animals will often enter our neighbourhoods and yards looking for food or shelter. It is important that we avoid inviting wildlife to our properties by removing attractants, such as garbage, pet food, fruit and making others inaccessible, such as bird feeders.

"Bear Smart" Guidelines

  • Store garbage and green carts and recycling in an area inaccessible to wildlife.
  • Place Carts and recycling at the curbside after 5:30 am on collection day.
  • Pick fruit.
  • Keep pet food inside.
  • Suspend and clean up fallen seed.
  • Store refrigerators and freezers inside.
  • Practice responsible composting.
  • Keep barbeques clean.

The City of Coquiltam is a Bear Smart Community

In February 2017 the City of Coquitlam was formally recognized through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as a Bear Smart community.  

The Bear Smart Community program is a voluntary, preventative conservation measure that encourages communities, businesses and individuals to work together. The goal is to address the root causes of human-bear conflicts, thereby reducing the risks to human safety and private property, as well as the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year. 

This program is based on a series of criteria that communities must achieve in order to be recognized as being "Bear Smart." Learn more about the Bear Smart Community Program here.

Become a "Bear Smart" Household - Take the Pledge

You can promise to follow Coquitlam’s "Bear Smart" Guidelines and complete our online pledge to become a "Bear Smart Household." The City will mail you a Bear Smart sticker that you can display to show your community that you are a proud Bear Smart Household!

Take the "Bear Smart" Pledge.

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