Donate excess fruit to Boo the Bear

It's that time of year again when both apples and hungry bears are plentiful.

It’s that time of year again when both apples and hungry bears are plentiful. By gathering your excess fruit and donating it to the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, you can accomplish two objectives: 1) You will reduce attractants and minimize potential problems for our wild bear population and 2) You can help our local celebrity grizzly bear, Boo, prepare for the upcoming winter.

Golden-area residents have been generous with their donations in the past. If you would like to donate apples or pears this year, just call 250-439-5474 and leave a message. You don’t even need to drive up to the resort. We will send someone to pick up your donation. Just be sure we have confirmed pick-up time so you don’t leave your fruit outside any longer than necessary to avoid attracting unwanted hungry bears.

We also reserve the right to refuse any donation if it does not conform to the following guidelines:

1) All fruit must be packed in medium-sized boxes or bins that can easily be carried by one person. All bins will be returned to owners. Please label with your name and phone number.

2) Fruit packed in paper, plastic, or garbage bags will not be accepted.

3) Donations cannot contain excess yard waste or rotten fruit. Please dispose of this trash appropriately.

4) All donations must be made by September 15.

By adhering to these guidelines, the fridge where Boo’s food is stored can be kept tidy and clean, and the fruit can be dispersed to him as necessary without attracting the attention of other wild bears on the mountain. Thanks for your participation and co-operation.