Bear-Resistant Product Testing
Having certified bear-resistant containers is one way to reduce access by bears to garbage and food waste. It is also a viable option for communities seeking to become Bear Smart. From 2013 to 2021, testing of products in British Columbia was done in a partnership between WildSafeBC and the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops. Products were tested at the BC Wildlife Park to determine their resistance to the forces from either black bears or grizzly bears. The testing followed protocols similar to those established by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. After much consideration, it was decided to decommission this program in 2022 in order to focus on education and increased awareness.
WildSafeBC continues to support the use of certified bear-resistant bins and encourages all manufacturers interested in providing these products to pursue testing with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC). Information on their testing program can be found at: https://igbconline.org/programs/bear-resistant-products/product-testing/
A complete list of IGBC certified products can be found here: IGBC Certified Bear-Resistant Products List