Brief: Public bear-proof garbage bins under consideration

The City of Revelstoke is looking at replacing its garbage cans downtown with bear-proof models.

The City of Revelstoke’s downtown garbage bins look good

The City of Revelstoke is looking at replacing its garbage cans downtown with bear-proof models.

Mayor Mark McKee mentioned this would be happening at last week’s council meeting. City engineer Mike Thomas added that the move would be part of the 2017 budget process.

“We definitely are looking into that,” he said.

The lack of bear-proof bins downtown has been a matter of criticism with the death of more than 20 bears in the Revelstoke area this year.

The city is starting work on a wildlife attractants bylaw.

“After the summer we’ve had with wildlife interaction in Revelstoke, Im happy to bring this forward to look at solutions to issues we’re facing in the community,” said councillor Trevor English, who represents council on Bear Aware.