Anchorage eyes trash ordinance to reduce bear conflict

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Anchorage leaders are looking to amp up regulations aimed at preventing bears from getting into trash.

The assembly has held a work session on the topic, and an ordinance currently being drafted by the administration is expected to be proposed later this month.

"A lot of other jurisdictions have gone to exclusively bear resistant containers. We haven't done that in Anchorage yet, and we're not planning to do that just yet. But we're hoping we can get bear resistant containers in some of the bear hot spot areas, and do other things to try to limit that interaction, and try to prevent loose trash from being out on the street," said assemblyman Forrest Dunbar.

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