Feed families and livestock, not bears.! The fruit picked by the volunteers was given to families and to farmers to feed livestock as opposed to ending up in the landfill or as an easy food source baiting bears into town.
Do you need help with your apples? There are resources. If you are unable to manage your fruit tree due to disability, illness, you are elderly and need assistance picking the fruit, contact: Rachel Dortman 1-250-423-8665, Facebook: Elk Valley Homesteading.
Wildsight in Fernie has the Apple Capture tree sharing program and equipment available to lend: fruit picking and tree pruning equipment, apple presses, dehydrators, sauce makers, etc. Call: 1-250-423-3322, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.wildsight.ca/branches/elkvalley/
Owning a fruit tree in bear country is a big responsibility! Fruit needs to be picked daily as it ripens and not allowed to accumulate on the ground is important. Pruning your fruit tree will result in a better and more manageable quality of fruit. Other options are removing the fruiting tree and replacing it with a native non fruit bearing tree.