Bear Aware

Bear Aware

Protect your home and your neighbourhood.

  • Lock it up -- secure your garbage and your kitchen waste in either a wildlife-resistant enclosure (e.g. garage or shed) or by using a Bear Aware™  approved wildlife resistant lock
  • Set it out -- set out your carts at the curb no later than 8:00 am on collection day (Wednesday is residential pick-up)
  • Use bear proof dumpsters -- these bear-proof dumpsters are for wet and animal attractant waste only such as garbage, food packaging with food still on/in it, sugary liquids, fruits & vegetable residue, and all edible items. Do not use any of the District’s dumpsters for recycling of empty cans, bottles, newspapers, magazines, or for rags, dry packaging, construction debris, household junk, or any trash that is not an animal attractant.

Secure your garbage!

  • Bears attracted to neighborhoods by garbage become problems for you, your neighbours (including kids!), and, eventually, for conservation officers and police.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your garbage away from bears.

Protect all of your neighbours--including bears--by keeping trash and other attractants away from bears.

Our carelessness is creating “problem bears”.
Bears have a keen sense of smell, and garbage or other food sources could easily attract a bear to your neighbourhood.  Once bears become used to eating garbage and other un-natural foods, they tend to stay close to communities where they can find easy sources of food.

Destroying Bears or Moving Them is Not The Answer
Each year, about 950 Black Bears and 50 grizzlies have to be destroyed to protect the public.

As more people — and more garbage — move into traditional bear habitat, more bears are becoming garbage-conditioned, and have to be destroyed.  It’s a terrible waste of life. It’s also costly: the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks’ Conservation Officer Service spends about $1 million a year dealing with bear/people conflicts.

Bears which are causing problems are sometimes moved, or “translocated”, especially females with cubs, grizzlies, or bears which are not yet garbage-conditioned.  About 150 bears are translocated each year, but it doesn’t always work. Bears will travel hundreds of kilometers to return to known food sources. Other bears are chased from their new surroundings by resident bears, are killed by dominant bears, or starve to death.
For more information on being Bear Aware™, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca. For more tips on Bear Safety visit the BC Parks website.

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BC Parks - Bears

Public Notice:  Bear River Water Advisory

POSTED: December 14, 2018

Please see the Public Notice attached advising the public not to use water directly from the Bear River for domestic purposes as of today, December 14.

November 28, 2018:  Public Awareness Test

POSTED: November 28, 2018

The Provincial Test of the "Alert-Ready System" will be conducted on November 28th at 1:55 PM local time (2:55 PM local time in Quebec). The test will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible wireless devices. Please note, not all mobile devices will receive the test message. For general device compatibility, you can refer to the Alert Ready website here. We recommend that you contact your wireless service provider with specific inquiries regarding public alerting services and device compatibility. Your provider will be best able to answer specific compatibility questions.

Changes to Waste Management in Stewart

POSTED: November 23, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine will be managing solid waste in Stewart in collaboration with the District of Stewart.  Effective December 1, 2018 please bring your clean segregated recyclable materials to the RECYCLING DIVERSION CENTRE at the Stewart Landfill.  For more information regarding these changes, please click the Public Notice issued by the Regional District.

Christmas Tree Light-up

POSTED: November 23, 2018

The Christmas Tree Light-Up is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 7:00pm - for more details please see the attached poster.

Christmas Card Contest Winners

POSTED: November 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of the District's Christmas Card Winners!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation