PhotoCourtesy of theSummitDailyandSummitCountyBearAware
Whenbearsdiscovertheycanfrequentlygetfoodfromhumansources,likedumpstersandtrashbins,theywillkeepreturning to thoselocations.Thiscausesbears to crosspathswithhumansmorefrequentlyandincreasethechances of harmful or dangerousinteractions. As theColoradoDepartment of ParksandWildlifeputsit:"Bearsthatbecomeaggressive in theirpursuit of an easymealmustoften be destroyed.Everytimewe’reforced to destroy a bear,it’snotjustthebearthatloses. We alllose a littlepiece of thewildnessthatmakesColorado so special."
To combatthisissue,SummitCounty is launchingBearSafeSummit; an educationalcampaignand a grantprogram with the goal of preventingbearsfrom getting into yourtastytrash. Bear Safe Summit is funded by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Human-Bear Conflict Reduction Community Grant.
The County is offering up to $400 towards AMI-qualified residents to upgrade their trash bin and up to $3,000 towards commercial dumpster or garbage enclosure upgrades.
Select the link below to apply for funding to upgrade your dumpster or trash enclosure (restaurants, stores, HOAs, multi-family housing) or purchase a bear-resistant trash bin (individual residents).