Incline Village urged to OK bear-proof trash cans

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Updated: 9/29/2013 9:31 pm

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wildlife officials are pressing officials at an upscale north Lake Tahoe community to require residents to have bear-proof trash cans, saying existing rules to address trash-raiding black bears have proven insufficient.

Trustees of the Incline Village General Improvement District took no action on the request Wednesday, but plan to continue discussions on bears at an Oct. 30 meeting.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Tony Wasley told trustees that the vast majority of human-bear conflicts can be addressed by decreasing the availability of human garbage.

Trustee Jim Hammerel agreed, saying the mandatory use of bear-resistant trash containers is the only way to effectively address a mounting problem.

But district Chairman Bruce Simonian says he's in no rush to implement a requirement that could come at significant cost to residents by possibly boosting trash fees by nearly 30 percent.

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