Bear-proof trash cans OK’d

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Beware of potential fines if you live on the Westside and don’t secure trash according to a new ordinance adopted unanimously by Colorado Springs City Council on Oct. 8. Second reading is Oct. 22.

Violators could face fines of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 thereafter if they don’t use bear-resistant trash cans or put out their waste before 5 a.m. on trash collection day and take in the container by 7 p.m.

The new ordinance, to go into effect March 1, 2020, applies to areas in the city west of Interstate 25. The ordinance allows a resident to appeal a citation in certain circumstances.

The goal is to reduce confrontations between bears and humans, and to reduce bear euthanizations in Colorado Springs resulting from those confrontations.

Many regional mountain towns have similar ordinances, including Palmer Lake and Manitou Springs. 

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