Clearwater-based Conservation Officer Colin Kravontka was in Valemount last week, following up on multiple bear sightings in the community, including several near the Valemount Elementary School. He says attractants like garbage are what draw bears into town or campgrounds and leaving attractants outside is a huge no-no at this time of year. “Think about it from a bear’s perspective: it can either eat a root, or it can eat garbage that has bits of steak, fish and other leftovers.” He says once a bear has gotten a taste for garbage it will continue to return and has to be put down. He warns residents about leaving garbage outside, especially at this time of year. He says either deliver it to the garbage truck shortly before it arrives, or drop it off at the transfer station. He says removing bird feeders and fruit from trees is also important. /LAURA KEIL