Bear Resistant Trash Can Program

Bears in Blue River


Living in the mountains of Colorado also means living with wildlife.  Bears roam throughout Summit County and Blue River.  Town Code requires each home to have bear resistant trash cans.  A bear fed on trash has a doomed fate.  Do your part to protect not only your family but our beautiful wildlife.

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Bear Resistant Trash Can Program

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USFS Information-Be Bear Aware


Food Storage

Bears are always searching for food. Bears are curious, intelligent animals that have great memories. Their eyesight is similar to humans and their sense of smell is seven times more powerful than a blood hound’s, enabling them to smell food from miles away.

A photo of a food storage locker

Those are the very traits that can sometimes get them – and us – into trouble. Most bears are wary of humans and try to avoid them. However, bears can learn to associate people with food and be tenacious in their pursuit of something to eat. Even if humans are around.

Everyone in bear country must do our part to store food and other attractants in bear-resistant containers at all times, and dispose of trash in bear-resistant dumpsters.

Bears remember and recognize familiar food sources like favorite berry patches, decaying logs swarming with delectable insects, and streams and rivers teeming with fish that provide much needed fat and protein.

But bears also remember human packs, campsites, and dwellings offer tempting options. While bears are attracted to any edible food, they also might try to feast on items we might not consider edible: 

  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • lotion
  • soap
  • cooking utensils
  • empty cans
  • wrappers
  • coolers
  • pet food
  • bird seed
  • garbage
  • petroleum products (including fuel) 

For more information on food storage,  visit the Bear-Resistant Food Canister page.


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