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Public input on bear management ordinance

Bear proofing you home
Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 23:41:08-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Thursday night Colorado Springs City Council heard from residents who would be affected by a proposed bear management ordinance.

The proposal would require people living west of I-25 to either keep their trash in a garage or other secured location until 5 a.m. the morning of their pick up day, or to use a bear-resistant trash container.

Those containers sell for as much as $275, which could be unaffordable for some families.

If it's enacted, fines for those who fail to secure their trash could range from $100 to $500.

For now City Council members encourage people to retro-fit existing containers, make them more secure, put them in a secure area, and in general be more disciplined about when they put out trash.

They plan to vote on whether to enact the ordinance in October, and plan to hold more meetings with residents before it takes effect.

Complete details on the proposal are available on the Colorado Springs city website.