Northwest Wyoming debates more bear-proof trash requirements

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials in northwest Wyoming are debating broader requirements for bear-proof trash cans.

The issue gained attention this fall when black bears were routinely spotted in residents’ trash cans and one animal had to be trapped and killed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Residents in most of Jackson Hole already must have bear-proof containers for their trash.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that the largest trash hauling company in Teton County supports the effort, but other companies say enforcement is key to getting landowners to comply.

Other companies say they should consider that the containers are often more expensive for residents. The containers also can be a challenge for trash collectors who must undo the latches during collections.

County officials are still discussing their options.