Should city officials do more to enforce the bear ordinance in Steamboat Springs?

Yes 197 votes


No 86 votes


283 total votes


flusteredal 9 years, 8 months ago

What a shame! We drove around our block last week at 9pm, the day before trash day, and 90% of everyone's trash cans were already at the curb. Doesn't policy say that they are to be kept inside until the morning of trash pickup? And we wonder why we have a bear problem! Innocent blood may be shed as these bears pay the ultimate price. Is it really that hard to wake up a little earlier on trash day? If we have a bear ordinance in place, which we do, let's enforce it! I'll volunteer my time. Whatever it takes. Let's do what we can to co-habitate with nature's animals.


annaed 9 years, 8 months ago

We are humans, a species blessed with the ability to choose to adapt (or not to). Bears are animals--without the ability to choose to adapt. It's really not rocket science. We choose to live in the mountains where there are bears. We need to adjust to the environment we choose to live in. For instance, we wear coats as part of adjusting to the cold winters here; we shop online or endure Walmart; we work 3 jobs to afford our mortgages; etc...

If you want bears on your lawn and in your garage than leave you trash out. I, on the other hand, would like to discourage bear traffic so I am responsible with my trash. (It would probably be best if we weren't neighbors.) As a community we have chosen to have a bear ordinance to discourage bear traffic. So, as a community we need to enforce it. If you, as a resident of this community, do not like the bear ordinance, you need to a) vote or b) move. There is a lot of available land outside of city limits where you can attract and encourage all the bears you want.


dave mcirvin 9 years, 8 months ago

Heck yes. I'm tired of seeing neighbors and contractors throughout town placing their trash cans out the night before pick up. There could be some healthy city revenue obtained with "beefed up" enforcement and fewer bears that ultimately need to be destroyed.


localreader 9 years, 8 months ago

We must understand borders whether human or wildlife. We must make good choices as to our behavior. Sometimes we must "snitch" perhaps. But it is necessary. Irresponsibles lead to bear invasionsleadto beardepradationsandonandon. EE Cummings style---no,probably not.


almostlocal 9 years, 8 months ago

It is surprising to me that the city does not enforce these ordinances more, but the city is one of the worst offenders. On the Monday morning after the wine festival was held in the Torian, the trash was piled high in cardboard containers. It sat out right on the mountain for 2 days before anyone bothered to clean it up. The trash cans in every park are not bear proof at all. How can they fine us if they are not complying with their own laws?

People who leave their trash out should be fined and those who entice bears to their houses with peaches or other types of food should be charged with animal cruelty and endangerment - since it is the bears that pay the ultimate price for someone's selfish and foolish behavior.


sportzmama 9 years, 8 months ago

I voted yes on this one but let me tell you my story: We rent here in town and we've had many bear encounters starting on April 15th. That one was our fault as we just didn't anticipate them being around so early. Since then we've had bears almost every week. We've chained our garbage can lid down many times and the bears simply rip through it. Our landlord doesn't have that issue as he keeps his cans in HIS garage. We don't have anywhere inside to keep the can. We've even tried to keep it all inside until we can't stand it any longer - the fear there is that the bears will smell it and come in to our house! I would like to see something in the enforcement that makes landlords provide bear proof containers as they are expensive. Enforcement is key for sure, but I also think for outrageous amount of rent that's charged here, Landlords should pony up the $$ to pay for cans.

I feel so bad for the bears - it's just so sad. The mama's are teaching their babies just as they learned.


twostroketerror 9 years, 8 months ago

Very true! Who ponies up the $$ for bear bins? Slummy McLandlord ain't gonna do it w/o passing on another $50-$100 in rent for 'bear abatement', WM probably won't do it out of kindness of their hearts. Hey, maybe our illustrious City council could appoint a council to recommend a consultant who could outline a proposal for a steering commitee that could host public forums ( and Secret Sessions) that take an in depth and comprehensive look into why the bears seem so darn fond of metric tons of food we throw away every week? Anyone wanna be on the Bear Patrol?


sickofitall 9 years, 8 months ago

The alley between 10th and ninth looked like a BEARMITSFAH No Bearproof containers, none. No Bearproof dumpsters. WTF? The city needs to get its game on! Quit feeding the Bears, Duh!


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