'Don't invite a bear to dinner:' Bear-resistant trash cans now available to Highlands Co. residents

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — Highlands County leaders are urging their residents to not invite bears to dinner by providing bear-resistant trash cans at a discount. 

The county has dealt with sever black bear problems in recent years and leaders believe traditional trash cans are to blame.

In 2017, one Highlands County woman recorded a Florida black bear walking around her neighborhood and rummaging through trash cans in search of food.

FWC officials say once a bear finds a food source, supplied by humans, it’s hard to keep the bears away.

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In hopes of keeping bears away, Highlands County Solid Waste customers, outside of City Limits, in a bear-populated area are encouraged to purchase a bear-resistant roll cart — which are being provided by grant funding.

According to the application, the roll carts cost $80.63 ($75 + $5.73 sales tax) and are on a first-come, first served basis. 

It's important to note, that while the roll carts are bear resistant they are not guaranteed to be bear proof.

To apply for a bear-resistant roll cart or for more information, click here.

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