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Bear proof trashcans could soon be required on Colorado Springs' west side

Bear proofing you home
Posted at 7:33 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 21:33:47-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Some communities on Colorado Springs' west side might soon be required to secure their trash in bear-proof trash cans.

City Council agreed to move ahead on the wording of an ordinance to cut down on bear encounters by requiring homes in certain areas to use bear-proof trash cans.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports they received 480 bear calls this year.

If the ordinance goes through, residents in the affected areas would be required to get bear-proof containers, keep trash or perishable waste inside, and limit times when trash is put out.

"Ultimately, it's bad for people and for bears. If bears become habituated to a point where they're dangerous, a lot of times we have no alternative other to intervene and to euthanize those animals," said Area Wildlife Manager, Frank McGee

City Council hopes to vote on the measure in two weeks.