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Revisiting laws intended to prevent dangerous bear encounters in Green Mountain Falls

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Bears showing up in populated areas are a year round problem that intensifies late in the year when temperatures drop. Occasional spotting on the edge of cities can seem like a novelty, but in mountain town is serious issue many time requiring laws.

In the town of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, the city council is taking a closer look at garbage can laws meant to keep bears away from people. Mayor Jane Newberry said, “It's very important it's a critical.”

The law in the town technically says bear proof trash cans are required, but the  mayor says experience shows bear proof is more than many can afford. So part of the current discussion is making sure everyone knows town leaders expect an attempt at discouraging bears. “When the law was originally written what it said was people need to be responsible,” said Newberry,  “Do you keep it inside until trash day? or have bear resistant cans if they have to keep it outside.”

The laws are intended for both bears and people. When bears have multiple encounters with people, there are wildlife regulations requiring euthanizing the offending animal. For people, coming face to face with a startled or determined hungry bear is a safety issue. 

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