The Fernie Family Housing Society’s New Horizon Village is an excellent example of the responsible management of garbage in Bear Country. New Horizons’ subsidized housing backs right onto prime bear habitat at the bottom of Ridgemont Hill and the power line. In the last 2 years we have received one call about a bear cub in this area. Bears don’t come around as the garbage is kept inside a secure building and the area is kept clean and odor free.
I spoke to many New Horizon residents and the property manager. People like the fact that they can dispose of garbage at their convenience in a facility that is kept clean and well maintained. By being Bear Aware and managing garbage responsibly, everyone benefits from a clean and safe environment, including the bears.