Colorado Springs might require west side residents, businesses to get bear-resistant trash cans

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs is mulling requiring bear-resistant trash cans for people living west of I-25.

It's no secret area bears have treated west side neighborhoods as their own personal buffet when residents have failed to secure their trash. For years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife have pleaded with the public to stop making it so easy for bears to get food.

"We need to keep them away from people food, and if they are getting into people food we need to intervene," Frank McGee with CPW told 11 News in a 2017 interview.

"It's important for us to know what's going on so that we can intervene at an early stage. ... What we need is to be able to intervene early enough before those bears lose their fear of people, before they become dangerous."

Along with requiring bear-resistant cans, the ordinance would also require that trash be set out no earlier than 5 a.m. on the day of collection and returned no later than 7 p.m.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed in upcoming town hall meetings later this month, our news partners at The Gazette report. The first will be on Aug. 22 at Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View, and the second will be Aug. 29 at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. Both will run from 6-7:30 p.m., and officials from CPW, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and the city's Neighborhood Services department will be on hand to answer questions.