In June, Boulder, Colo., put in place an ordinance that requires people to obtain bear-resistant trash cans. Since then it’s issued 200 citations to residents who have failed to comply, although some residents are appealing the citations.
Bears, of course, gravitate to trash. (In Los Alamos, N.M., a garbage truck driver recently accidently loaded a bear into the back of his truck while collecting garbage from a dumpster.)
In Florida, the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has pushed for mandated bear-proof cans to keep the animals away from what could be harmful garbage and from the forming of potentially harmful habits.
The Daily Camera has more on the situation in Boulder:
Boulder enacted the ordinance in 2014 that is intended to protect bears by reducing their ability to find food within the city and requires all trash and compost to be secured at all times.
The city on June 15 began a zero tolerance enforcement of the ordinance west of Broadway and south of Sumac Avenue, including single family residences, apartment buildings and commercial building. Residents and business owners must obtain and properly use bear-resistant trash containers.
The fine for a first offense is $250 and doubles with each subsequent violation, reaching $1000 by the third offense.