Boulder is increasing enforcement of the city's bear-resistant trash requirements in the wake of increased bear sightings.
The Daily Camera reports that code enforcement officers will start work earlier in the morning to catch those neglecting their trash before garbage crews arrive. When they find violations, those officers will write more tickets and give fewer warnings.
The decision comes after six bears have been removed from the city in just eight days.
The City Council pushed for increased enforcement at their Tuesday meeting. They heard from a member of the Boulder Bear Coalition, who said she sees alleys strewn with trash.
Boulder adopted a bear-resistant trash ordinance in 2014. All trash cans are supposed to remain latched at all times and can only be opened by garbage disposal crews.
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