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.

Quick Links
Bear Aware BC
BC Parks - Bears

District of Stewart Office Schedule

POSTED: April 18, 2019

For the Easter holiday, the District office will be closed beginning Good Friday (April 19) through to Easter Monday, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 23 at 8:30am

News Release

POSTED: April 11, 2019

The District of Stewart has been successful in their grant application submitted to the 2019 Community Child Care Space Creation Program in the amount of $585,731. Click on the link for details   /docs/news_release.pdf

Information Bulletin:  Warmer Weather Prompts Outdoor Burning Precautions

POSTED: April 1, 2019

Please see the bulletin from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and BC Wildfire Service.

Regional District Waste Survey-complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

POSTED: March 5, 2019

Complete the RDKS Solid Waste Survey to provide your thoughts on waste management in our region. Your input will help guide strategies for the future. 

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is developing a new Solid Waste Management Plan to provide direction for how we will reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of waste for the next decade.  We appreciate you taking 10 to 15 minutes of your valuable time to share your thoughts on garbage and recycling in our region. We need your input for our Solid Waste Plan to be successful.

Complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

Occupational Health & Safety and Workplace Bullying & Harassment - Course Opportunity

POSTED: February 20, 2019

Please see the link for more information on these 2 courses that will be available in Stewart on April 9 & 10, 2019

Community Contest

POSTED: February 13, 2019

Stewart Council is seeking suggestions from members of the community to create a new slogan for the District of Stewart.  See the Community Contest Poster for details!

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