Black bear sniffs a garbage bin early one morning. (File)

Black bear sniffs a garbage bin early one morning. (File)

Two bears killed in Revelstoke so far this year

Society warns this year could be similar to 2016 when 26 bears were killed

It’s concerning how many black bears have been destroyed already this year, said Revelstoke Bear Aware Society.

Two bears this spring have been killed by BC Conservation Officers, one in April and the other in May. Both had become habituated and dependent on garbage, said Maggie Spizzirri, coordinator.

She said black bears have been spotted in every corner of Revelstoke this spring and are getting into all manner of attractants, including garbage.

“We’re seeing a lot more activity downtown then we would normally this time of year,” Spizzirri said. Other bear “hotspots” in Revelstoke include Columbia Park and Southside.

READ MORE: Resident nudges Revelstoke to install new turtle crossing signs

The bear killed in April appeared to have been denning for the winter under an unoccupied trailer.

“Which isn’t uncommon. Trailers are nice and warm,” said Spizzirri.

She doesn’t know why a higher number of bears are coming into Revelstoke this spring. It’s possible more bears are becoming habituated or lingering snow from the winter is driving them into the city, said Spizzirri.

“The city is like a buffet for bears,” she said.

Spizzirri indicated Revelstoke could be in for a terribly busy bear year, potentially like 2016, when 26 bears in Revelstoke were killed.

READ MORE: Number of bears killed in Revelstoke highest in 22 years

Three black bears were destroyed in Revelstoke last year. The society said a bear charged a resident in their yard last summer, resulting in the man being sent to hospital.

According to the province, bears that pose a serious threat to public safety, have caused significant property damage, injured or suffering from distressed health may be destroyed.

The society said it’s important for people to store garbage indoors as behind a fence or under a deck is not secure as bears are very strong and great climbers.

View this post on Instagram

#Repost @revelstokebearaware ・・・ BLACK BEAR SIGHTINGS: Downtown – a bear was spotted along Douglas Street, Whales and 1st as well as all along 4th Street. . Greenbelt – a pair of dogs were spotted chasing a black bear that then turned and bluff charged the bear. Please keep an eye on your dogs when out walking in off leash areas. Many bear attacks start off from a bear chasing a dog back to its owner. . Please keep your garbage secure. Wild berries are just starting to bloom. Let's all encourage these bears to go back to the forest for the natural food and become habituated in town. . #revelstoke #therealstoke #bebearaware #bearaware #secureyourgarbage #keepourcommunitysafe #bears

A post shared by Revelstoke Review (@revelstoke_review) on

As Revelstoke does not have a BC Conservation Officer, the society said it’s important for people to report bear activity so signage and door-to-door campaigns can be implemented.

The Gleaning Project, where volunteers pick fruits before they attract wildlife, has been expanded to include a Facebook group. The project has also partnered with Community Connects, for food to be donated to the food bank. Inedible fruit will be donated to pig farmers.

READ MORE: ‘We’re resigned to saying goodbye’: Revelstoke owls nesting in upcoming subdivision

Tips for bear proofing your yard include:

  • Secure garbage from bears, either in a bear- resistant container or indoors
  • Don’t put your garbage out before 6 a.m. on the day of collection
  • Harvest ripe fruit and pick up windfall fruit every day
  • Remove bird feeders during bear season (April – November) or use only small amounts of feed and bring in each night
  • Feed pets indoors, store pet food and livestock feed indoors
  • Consider a properly installed and maintained electric fence to protect small livestock (such as chickens and beehives), fruit trees, and compost piles
  • Consider removing outdoor freezers and fridges or be sure they are locked shut
  • Do not put cooked food, meat, fish or cheese in compost, keep compost piles working properly-smelly compost attracts bears
  • Clean barbecues after each use
  • Do not feed wildlife

For more information, visit or contact Revelstoke Bear Aware at 250-837-8624.

To report bear sightings or conflicts with bears please call the BC Conservation Service 24-hour hot line at 1-877-952-7277.

To report a bear attractant to the City Bylaw Officers, contact 250-837-2911 during office hours or email to



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

A member of the Avalanche Canada South Rockies field team gathers important snowpack data that is used to produce daily avalanche forecasts for the region. (Photo by Jennifer Coulter)
Avalanche Canada receives $180k for office renovations

The money was granted through Community Gaming Grant

The rocks are painted and then hidden around town. Those who find them can keep them, leave them where they are or hide them elsewhere. (Submitted)
Spreading love and kindness in Nakusp

New group launched to nurture rock painting and hunting community

The Okanagan Regional Library is holding a pair of online contests for its young readers. (File photo)
Okanagan Regional Library challenges young readers

Pair of contests online aimed at kids aged up to 18

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Osoyoos’ first microbrewery celebrates grand opening

The brewery hopes to show that the Okanagan is more than just wine country

The trial of Harry Richardson began Monday at the Nelson courthouse. File photo
Trial of man accused of shooting RCMP officer near Argenta in 2019 begins

Harry Richardson is facing five charges in a Nelson courtroom

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran addresses media from the front steps of council chambers on March 23. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna, West Kelowna still looking to opt-out of speculation tax

Mayors say spec tax has missed the mark, revenue largely coming out of Canadians’ pockets

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

A Kelowna couple welcomed their Nooner baby in December. (Flytographer)
Kelowna couple welcomes baby girl from Hotel Zed Nooner campaign

Nicole and Alex will now have 18 years of free stays at the hotel

Most Read