Anchorage looks for options to reduce bear encounters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Anchorage officials are examining measures to tighten regulations on trash, aiming to reduce the number of bear encounters in the city.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Anchorage Assembly members discussed options to tackle the issue at a Friday work session, including adopting new fines and shifting the times when residents can take out their trash for pickup.

Jack Frost, the city’s chief code enforcement officer, told the assembly that city law dealing with trash needs to be streamlined and simplified. He says the issue is addressed in three different sections of the law in slightly different ways, making enforcement difficult.

Assembly chair Forrest Dunbar says the city hopes to have changes to the regulations in place by next summer.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News,

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