Residents are being asked to be diligent about keeping their garbage stored properly now that bear season is underway. The Vail Police Department’s first bear report of the season was taken on May 28 this week after a black bear was reported on Aspen Court in East Vail.
Over the next few weeks, the Vail Police Department will be increasing enforcement of existing year-round ordinances to deter bears from accessing easy-to-find food sources. Since 2007 all curbside trash customers in Vail have been required to use wildlife-resistant containers. In addition, commercial establishments, multi-family complexes and construction sites are required to use enclosures and/or wildlife-proof containers. Also, the placement of curbside containers is restricted to the assigned pick up day and only during daylight hours under provisions of the dawn to dusk ordinance. Since 2014 curbside recycling containers with empty cans, jars or other items that previously contained food must be placed in wildlife resistant containers. The requirement does not apply to cardboard and paper.
In 2014 the Vail Police Department issued 6 citations and 200 warnings for wildlife related violations. For 2015, as of May 30, there have been no citations and 53 warnings.
To avoid bear conflicts at a residence or business the Vail Police Department offers these tips:
--Never store garbage, recyclables, or pet food on porches.
--Keep barbeque grills and outdoor furniture clean.
--Keep bird feeders out of reach of wildlife and bring them in at night.
--Keep ground-floor windows and doors closed and locked.
For more information, call the Police Department at 970-479-2200.
Contact: Dwight Henninger, 970-479-2218
Vail Police Chief