Juneau expands bear problem areas

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau is expanding the boundaries of four ''bear problem areas'' in an effort to keep bears out of garbage-filled Dumpsters.

The new boundaries for the four existing bear problem areas were announced Thursday. Dumpsters in those areas will need to have metal lids or be placed behind barriers to keep bears out, acting City Manager Donna Pierce said in a news release.

The metal-lid requirements have proved successful with problem bears and have dramatically reduced calls to Juneau police, Pierce said.

The new boundaries cover about 75 Dumpsters and take effect Monday.

The areas are in portions of the East Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Creek, West Juneau-Douglas and the downtown.

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