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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Durango Steps Closer To Mandatory Bear Proofing
(2007-09-05)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The first step has been taken toward requiring mandatory bear proof garbage containers in Durango.
Bears have been particularly troublesome this year, overturning and eating food from garbage.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The city has adopted a two strikes and you're out policy for those whose residential or commercial trash container is disturbed by bears.
Interim City Manager Jack Rogers proposed those with two incidents would be required to either get bear proof containers at their cost, or pay for more garbage pickups.
ROGERS: WITH THESE CHANGES IN POLICY, THE CITY SHOULD BE ABLE TO FURTHER REDUCE THE BEAR PROBLEM ENCOUNTERED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.
City Council adopted Rogers proposals Tuesday night 3-1.
Councilor Doug Lyon cast the lone dissenting vote saying he preferred more education, and the use of ammonia or bleach in cans to clean them out and discourage bears.
BearSmart Durango Director Bryan Peterson termed the move a step in the right direction.
PETERSON: I THINK A NICE COMPROMISE FOR NOW WOULD KINDA BE WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
Council could consider and vote on even tougher bear proofing steps, in October.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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