Douglas County Makes Move To Curtail Hungry Bears

Douglas County has begun an effort to discourage garbage-raiding bears after a hearing that produced some finger-pointing.

Commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance which would require tamper-proof trash containers at homes already hit twice by nuisance animals.

Officials stress that the ordinance would apply only to residences with a history of bear problems.

They say a similar law has been in effect in the Tahoe Basin for several years and, to date, no one has been required to purchase the trash container, which costs 200 to 700 dollars.

Rancher Frank Godecke says he thinks the state Department of Wildlife has done a poor job of managing the bears.

He says bears have been reproducing unabated over the years and now have outgrown the habitat that previously supported them.