Sparwood is moving ahead with new plans to manage wildlife in the community.
District Council adopted all the recommendations of a wildlife management strategy earlier this week, written by Kathy Murray of Wildsafe BC.
She says some of the recommendations focus on reducing wildlife attractants and eliminating access to food waste.
“The biggest issue is wildlife accessing unsecured garbage, so we are really trying to make changes to the way people keep garbage between collection days,” Murray says.
She says the district`s new collection service will help address those concerns.
The document also includes recommendations on raising chickens.
Murray says chickens are considered an attractant, bringing wild animals into the community.
“Chickens will attract bears,” Murray says. “The only way to keep wildlife out of chicken coops is to have a properly installed and maintained electric fence.”
Murray says the document goes hand in hand with amendments proposed for the District`s Animal Control Bylaw.
The District is looking to strengthen restrictions on farm animals within the district.
– Kathy Murray, Wildsafe BC Elk Valley