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Run-ins between people and bears has been a major conversation piece throughout the Anchorage bowl this summer.
On Friday afternoon, the Anchorage Assembly kicked off a series of work sessions to address problems caused by bears and wildlife. Assembly members, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and local waste services companies all took part in the discussion which was dominated by bear-resistant garbage cans.
"One thing is there was a lot of support for fining people who don't protect their trash from bears,” said Assemblyman John Weddleton, in reference to a phone survey conducted for Fish and Game.