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THE WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE, Thursday April 22, 2004 A 3 Litter BY SONYA KLAUSAT Tribune Staff Writer Most people don't consider garbage as something to fear. But Heather Hegg wants people to see how litter can lead to dangerous situations, especially now that the bears are waking up. Hegg, the manager of the Kendall Acres trailer park on Dog Creek Road, said she's constantly picking up garbage. Whether it's dogs dragging it around the area after setting upon an unsecured bin, or if it's flying off from a loose truckload someone is taking to the dump, it's everywhere, she says. "I pick probably at least two bags of garbage a week," she said. She says sometimes people who don't feel like making a trip to the dump or the nearest transfer station, choose instead to drive their trucks off the gravel road that runs near Kendall Acres and dump their garbage in the wooded area just behind the park. This has included deer and moose hides, which Hegg says she's had to gather up herself to take to the dump. The problem isn't a new one, she says. There has always been people who are not responsible when it comes to garbage. But she really started to worry last year because of the lack of rain, and consequently, the lack of food for local bears. The less food there is in the bush, the more bears are liable to be attracted to human offerings. Hegg says she's concerned that another dry summer could bring bears closer to residential neighbourhoods like hers, may attract bears Worried about another hot summer Heather Hegg is concerned about the amount of garbage she has been seeing near the trailer park she manages on Dog Creek Road. She's fearful another dry summer could find more bears wandering into residential neighbourhoods, creating a dangerous situation for children. Sonya Klausat photo which includes dozens of children living in the trailer park, and many more at Mountview elementary just down the road. And this year's bear season has definitely started, said District Conservation Officer Andrew Anaka. "We've had our first black bear complaints," he said. He said at this time of year, bears wake up "hungry, lethargic and more unpredictable." In the spring, bears will often wander the ditches and gullies to eat the first green shoots of spring, or they look to feed on the uncovered carcasses of animals that died over the winter. Anaka said last summer's dry, hot weather meant more than 400 bear complaints for local conservation officers. "Which is a very large number, even for this district," he said. He said conservation officers respond to calls regarding garbage being disposed of on public property. However, they are not able to enforce the litter act on private property, leaving property owners with the task of putting up sign age or even fencing off their land to keep out would-be litter-bugs. The Central Cariboo transfer station is now into summer hours until October 3 1 . People can drop off their garbage between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. "There's no excuse for dumping garbage in the bush," Anaka said. The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has a 24-hour call centre for all kinds of complaints and reports, including garbage violations, so residents can report anyone they see dumping garbage on public property. The number is 1-800-663-9453 (WILD). This is also the season for bear hunters. The open season for black bears runs until the end of June and allows hunters to take two bears. For Hegg, she's hoping people heed the warnings about bears and garbage, so she never has to say "I told you so" about a tragedy that could have been prevented. SENIORS: Retirement Concepts rin ?7 SCHOOL DISTRICT 27 Z (CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN) The Board of School Trustees for School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chileotin) will be holding Public Budget meetings at the following locations: Monday, April 26, 2004 7:00 pm Peter Skene Ogden Secondary (Library) 630 Hwy 97 100 Mile House Tuesday, April 27, 2004 School Board Office (Boardroom) 350 North Second Ave Williams Lake 7:00 pr All members of the public are invited to attend. V EACH INCLUDES MOUNT & BALANCE WITH ANY TIRE CHANGEOVER 2 OR 4 TIRES RECEIVE AN OIL CHANGE FOR 'Excludes Diesels PLUS TAXES & LEVY FEES See our flyer in every Tribune Weekend for Service and Parts Specials or view it online at 392-3697 1050 S. Lakeside Dr. FREE CLASSIFIEDS CALL 392-2331 FOR MORE INFORMATION SEMINAR ON WCB FIRST AID CHANGES WCB Occupational First Aid Regulation Changes are effective March 30, 2004. The changes involve a change from prescriptive based to performance based requirements for first-aid. The Employers" Advisers are offering No Cost education sessions on these changes in Williams Lake on April 1 27, 2004,

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