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City Council closer to requiring bear-proof trash cans on west side

Posted: 6:43 AM, Oct 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-22 07:18:04-04
Bear proofing you home

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs City Council is one step closer to requiring residents on the west side of the city to have bear-proof trash cans.

The Council will make the final vote that will mandate bear-proof cans Tuesday.

The Council voted unanimously Oct. 8 to require the trash cans, which helped move this ordinance forward.

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.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they expect to seek grants to help low-income residents buy the trash cans.

The ordinance would take effect starting in March of next year. You can look at the bear management area map here.

bear management map
Bear Management Area Map