Bears & Trash

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Wildlife has been a way of life in Steamboat Springs since the first settlers and now the city is working to revamp its policies to minimize bear human interactions and address city trash ordinances.

Council set the following goals in working on this issue.

  • Zero euthanized bears (no bears being “put down”)
  • Zero human/bear conflicts that result in harm
  • Significant reduction in bear calls to Steamboat Springs Police Department (more efficient use of police officers and ACOs)
  • Consider mandated bear resistant containers
  • Strong educational program

The topic is the focus on several work sessions over the coming months as well as the January 17 Lunch & Listen Session. Council would like to have new policies established before bears end winter hibernation.

Wildlife has been a way of life in Steamboat Springs since the first settlers and now the city is working to revamp its policies to minimize bear human interactions and address city trash ordinances.

Council set the following goals in working on this issue.

  • Zero euthanized bears (no bears being “put down”)
  • Zero human/bear conflicts that result in harm
  • Significant reduction in bear calls to Steamboat Springs Police Department (more efficient use of police officers and ACOs)
  • Consider mandated bear resistant containers
  • Strong educational program

The topic is the focus on several work sessions over the coming months as well as the January 17 Lunch & Listen Session. Council would like to have new policies established before bears end winter hibernation.

  • Steamboat Springs sets a goal of zero dead bears due to human trash

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    15 Jan 2020

    The city of Steamboat Springs and area wildlife officials hope Routt County’s black bears wake up to secured trash cans and less access to human food.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the city kicked off a revamp of policies intended to keep bears and humans safe, particularly revising city trash ordinances to prevent bears from breaking into residents’ refuse. Steamboat Springs City Council members hope to have policy changes in place before bears emerge from hibernation next spring.