Do not feed any wildlife

Wildlife need to find their own natural food sources, not yours. Feeding wildlife causes them to become food conditioned and they may become increasingly aggressive.

Feeding may also:

  • attract wildlife to roadside areas where they can be injured or killed by vehicles.
  • lead to seeking out and eating garbage. Animals eat almost anything that has a scent.
  • cause small animals such as squirrels to become very aggressive and bite.
  • affect your health. Direct contact with wildlife may pose threats to human health such as injury or disease.

It is illegal to feed, entice, or disturb any wildlife in a national park.

Do not litter

Use the wildlife-proof garbage bins to dispose of all unwanted food and garbage; not the ground or a fire pit.

Wildlife will feed on garbage: littering means feeding wildlife. Ensure all garbage and recycling are disposed in wildlife-proof garbage bins immediately.

If you see garbage or recycling left outside within the Town of Banff, call Bylaw Services at 403-762-1218 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week). After hours, call Parks Canada Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

For areas outside of the Town of Banff call Parks Canada Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

How to use wildlife-proof garbage bins

 

  1. Place your hand inside the handle and push it to the very back to release the latch.
  2. Raise your arm to open the lid. Dispose of garbage.
  3. Lower the lid. Ensure the lid is closed tight before leaving.
Do not burn unwanted food and garbage


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Human food kills wildlife. Do not burn unwanted food and garbage. Put it in the wildlife-proof garbage bins.

It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators will be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.

To report offenses call Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470