The City of Trail and the local non-profit organization dedicated to minimizing the negative impacts of development on wildlife, Natural Control Alternatives Society (NCA), are pleased to announce they will continue their partnership to renew service contracts for communal bear-proof garbage bins and humane burrowing rodent control services. Both services reduce human-wildlife conflicts with non-poisonous and non-lethal approaches, keeping both the community and local wildlife safe. This year marks the tenth year of cooperation and commitment to these services.
“The communal bear-proof garbage bins offer access to dispose of bear-attractant household garbage,” said Scott Leyland, NCA volunteer. “One bin is available at the entrance of the City of Trail Public Works yard in Glenmerry on Highway Drive, and the other bin will be available at the Sunningdale Pump House at the end of Hazelwood Drive, once it has been refurbished and painted.” Because the bins offer an additional service to weekly curbside garbage pickup, there are secure money collection boxes on each bin requesting a contribution of $4/bag, the same rate charged per bag at the McKelvey Creek Landfill. “The money collected will help offset the costs of Alpine Disposal collecting and disposing of the bins at the landfill,” said Chris McIsaac, Director of Public Works. “NCA volunteers will maintain site cleanliness at each bin location, and will retrieve the money from the secure collection boxes on a regular basis.”
“As for the burrowing rodent control services, the NCA and City partnership has evolved the control of the Columbian Ground Squirrels in a safe and humane manner,” said Leyland. “We use a vigilant hole filling method during key parts of the annual cycle.” This method has also been adopted by Selkirk College and Jasper National Park golf facilities; and, NCA is currently leading a study at Selkirk College, with scientists from across Western Canada, for a live trap/transport technique. “We look forward to everyone’s cooperation for a safe and enjoyable summer.”