Minimizing Wildlife Interactions

Living With Wildlife

Living in the District of Tofino means sharing our natural surroundings with diverse wildlife, including bears, cougars, & wolves. While these animals are an integral part of our ecosystem, it is crucial to minimize interactions to ensure both human safety and wildlife conservation.

The District of Tofino's Wildlife Attractant Bylaw aims to prevent garbage and other materials from becoming wildlife attractants.

This page provides residents & businesses with essential information and tips on coexisting peacefully with our wildlife neighbours.

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Tips To Reduce Interactions With Wildlife

The following are requirements of residents & businesses based on the Wildlife Attractant Bylaw, which will help to minimize human-wildlife interactions.

Residential Container Use/Storage

Every resident must adhere to the following requirements regarding Wildlife Resistant Container use & storage outlined in the Wildlife Attractant Bylaw.

  • Set containers out for collection on the designated day of collection between 6 & 8 AM.
  • Only leave containers unlocked on the designated day of collection between 6 AM & 10 PM.
  • Remove containers from the collection location by 10 PM on the designated day of collection.
  • Keep containers locked and secured at all times (outside of designated collection days between 6 AM & 10 PM), to prevent wildlife from dragging or moving the container.
  • Keep any Wildlife Resistant Enclosures closed & locked when refuse is not being deposited or emptied.
  • If the cart is damaged, contact the ACRD Sort'nGo program immediately for repairs.
  • If a Wildlife Resistant Enclosure is damaged, it must be repaired within 5 business days from when the damage occurred or within 5 business days of being notified.
Commercial Container Use/Storage
Managing Attractants

Video: How To Secure & Store Your Wildlife Resistant Container

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Frequently Asked Questions

"Wildlife Attractant" means any substance or material, with or without an odour, which attracts or is likely to attract Dangerous Wildlife or Deer; which includes:

(a) food or other ingestible products, whether intended for humans, animals, or birds;

(b) grease, oil, antifreeze, paint, unclean barbecues, pet food, livestock and livestock feed;

(c) beehives, bird feeders, offal, improperly maintained composts, restaurant grease barrels; and

(d) fruit - in containers or fallen from trees.


Report wildlife sightings and/or interactions to the BC Conservation Officer Service.

1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)


District of Tofino Bylaw Department

250-266-1674 (On Duty)