Critters and Your Bio Cart – Port Alberni Valley News

After what seemed like eternal winter, summer has finally arrived. With sockeye salmon entering our river systems, we suddenly hear and see an abundance of bears, cougars and other creatures.

As the weather warms up, the smells emanating from the Organics Cart will be incredibly delicious and attractive to critters.

People need to own and take responsibility for ensuring wildlife stays wild. Here are some key things to keep in mind as we head into warmer weather and curious wildlife aplenty.

Tips to Mitigate Wildlife Issues

How to contact WildSafe BC – Coordinator Alberni

In partnership with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD), the WildSafeBC program is ready to help keep our wildlife and our communities safe. You can reach the 2022 WildSafeBC Alberni Valley Community Coordinator at [email protected] or 778-212-6532. Please contact us with any questions about the program, including upcoming workshops on the use of pepper spray and electric fencing or human-wildlife conflict.

For more information about WildSafeBC, visit To report wildlife conflict or a sighting of a bear, cougar or wolf in an urban area, please call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Keep your eyes peeled for ACRD’s Waste Reduction Educator and Alberni WildSafeBC Coordinator as they will be manning information booths at various community events throughout the summer. Hint: Look for the board with recycling items and animal skulls.

Stay informed with Sort’nGo!

Visit for more information on the organics collection service and to ask questions. Questions about sorting and what day is your collection? Download the Sort’nGo app for free from your mobile app store for Android and Apple phones. You can also check out the “Sort’nGo – ACRD Recycling & Organics” Facebook page at, which has tips and weekly updates for the valley. If you are a community group or local business, you can contact ACRD to arrange an educational presentation on how best to use this service.