Bears are attracted to ripened fruit because of its sweet taste and high caloric value. Pick fruit as it ripens, remove berry bushes or fruit trees, or landscape with non-fruit bearing species.


natural and unnatural attractants

Berry removal programs help to eliminate natural attractants from high human use areas in the Bow Valley, allowing bears to seek food elsewhere, such as in less developed areas within Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country. Bow Valley communities have also taken proactive steps to manage unnatural attractants such as garbage.


Backyard Basics

  • Avoid planting shrubs and trees that provide food for bears, and consider their removal if you already have them. For information on specific types of berries or other fruit, bushes, shrubs and flowers to avoid, click here.

    • For additional information on Fruit Trees and Bears click here.

  • Do not feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife such as deer in urban areas has long-term implications such as increased disease risk, habituation to humans, habitat destruction, increased wildlife vehicle collisions and public safety concerns.

    • Click here to read more about Urban Deer conflicts.

  • Keep your lawn mowed and yard weed-free, especially of dandelions.

  • Consider using an electric fence to keep wildlife out of your garden.

  • Do not use bird feeders of any kind during bear season (April 1 to November 30). Use bird baths instead as a safe option.

  • Remember to clean the ground underneath bird feeders.

  • Do not feed your pets outside, and store pet food indoors.

  • Keep BBQs clean and take drip pans inside.


Garbage, Recycling and Composting

  • Use bear-proof bins. Ensure the lid is in working order and securely fastened before you leave.

  • Securely store garbage at all times. Do not leave garbage outside even for a minute.

  • Compost kitchen waste indoors to prevent attracting bears and other wildlife.