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Posted on: May 19, 2021

Modify Your Trash Cart to Resist Bears

Bears occur throughout the Florida panhandle, including the City of Mary Esther. Many residents may not be aware that bears live nearby until a bear is attracted to a human-related food source such as a trash cart or bird feeder. If that occurs, an on-going problem can be prevented by promptly securing trash carts and removing bird feeders and other potential foods that may attract the bear.

Storing your trash cart in a garage or secure outbuilding is ideal for preventing access by bears. If there is not a secure location to store your cart, it can be modified to resist bears. The City Maintenance Department installs bear-resistant clasps free of charge.  If you are interested, please contact City Hall at 850-243-3566.


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