Bear resistant trash ordinance passes in west Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS — City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to require those who live west of I-25 to have bear smart trash cans.

It’s something Colorado Parks and Wildlife believe will keep both bears and people safer.

“The single most effective way to reduce those kinds of interactions and conflicts with bears and people is to require folks to secure their trash,” Area Wildlife Manager Frank McGee said.

El Paso County has the second most bear-person interactions in the state where five bears were euthanized.

The mandate requires garbage be secured indoors until 5 a.m. the day of pickup, secured outdoors in a four-sided structure with a roof, or outside in a bear-resistant trash can.

The Colorado Springs Bear Smart Task Force won a grant to help buy bear-resistant trash cans for low-income residents in Manitou Springs. CPW expects grants will also be sought to help those in need on the west side of Colorado Springs.

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