Be Wild Animal Aware

The Township of Langley is full of wildlife. People share the land with bears, cougars, coyotes and other animals.

These creatures have a keen sense of smell. Garbage and other food sources could easily attract a bear to your neighbourhood. Don’t let them get too close for comfort by making it easy for them to obtain our food.

Follow these tips to deter wild animals from becoming attracted to your neighbourhood:   

  • Garbage and food waste is the No.1 attraction for bears, so keep it secure and inaccessible to wildlife. Wrap it in newsprint or paper bags prior to disposal.
  • Don’t leave garbage, recycling or organics receptacles outside overnight. Keep them in the house, in an enclosed garage, or secured outbuilding. Bring them out only on the morning of Collection Day (by 7:30am). If you’re worried about odour, keep organics in a freezer until Collection Day.
  • Keep receptacles clean by rinsing with soapy water. Leaving some soap residue might mask food odours.
  • Reduce the smell of food by keeping barbecues clean.
  • Keep pet food inside.
  • Do not use bird feeders as they can attract bears. Birds do not need seeds when other natural food sources are available all summer long.
  • In agricultural areas, keep fences secure and free of damage. Use electric fencing to deter bears from blueberries and beehives. Pick berries and fruit as they ripen. Be vigilant with livestock and bring them inside in the evening.   

It is an offence to attract wildlife into a residential neighbourhood. Those who do not take steps to deter bears and other wild creatures can face a fine of up to $575.

To report a problem with wildlife or if you spot wildlife in your area, call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline: 1-877-952-7277.

For additional tips, visit the Report Human Wildlife Conflict  webpage on the Province of British Columbia website.