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Posted on: February 14, 2018

North Bend Offers Wildlife Resistant Carts to Protect Garbage from Bears


Bears spend a great amount of time searching for food and garbage is an easy source. Bears roaming around neighborhoods can be unpredictable and dangerous. And cleaning up after they tear into garbage can be messy and time-consuming.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife offers these tips to protect your garbage from wildlife:

• If you have a pickup service, put garbage out shortly before the truck arrives; not the night before.
• If you are leaving several days before pickup, haul your garbage to a dump.
• Keep garbage cans with tight-fitting lids in a shed, garage or fenced area.
• Spray garbage cans and dumpsters regularly with disinfectants to reduce odors.
• Keep fish parts and meat waste in your freezer until they can be disposed of properly.

Perhaps the best way to prevent bears and other wildlife from getting into your garbage can is to consider investing in a wildlife resistant garbage container.

North Bend, under contract with Republic Services, offers 96-gallon wildlife resistant containers to some areas of North Bend for $148.08 quarterly service fee and $3.50 per month lock fee.This is in addition to their regular service rate. Call 206-682-9735 to find out if these containers are available in your area.

While there is no such thing as a receptacle that is 100% bear-proof, the best containers will have the following characteristics:

• Tight-sealing lids and doors to reduce odors.
• Strong hinges and latches that cannot be pried open by bear claws. If it can be opened with a crowbar, then it can be opened by a bear.
• Be made of strong, corrosion-resistant materials that bears cannot chew through or crush.

Report Wildlife Incidents to 911.

The Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department requests that the public call 911 for each bear sighting; 911 will dispatch them to the location. The police department wants to track bear activity and works closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Office on the issue of bear activity in our community.

Safety information for living with black bears is posted on the WDFW website at in the Living with Wildlife pages.

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