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Dolores Will Require Use of Bear-Resistant Trash Containers

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A bear prepares to overturn a trash can in this frame from a video submitted by KSJD listener Ryan Nichols.

Residents of the town of Dolores will soon be required to use bear-resistant containers for their trash. The Cortez Journal reports that on Monday, the Town Board adopted an emergency ordinance mandating that businesses and homeowners use the containers, which will cost $10. The decision came after weeks of bear activity in the town, particularly on the night before regular trash pickup. The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has been responding to bear sightings and chasing the animals away using rubber bullets.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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