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Letter: Bear-proofing suggestions

To the editor:

I enjoy your reporting in general and your interest in the Tahoe bears, in particular – thank you!

I have relocated to South Lake Tahoe only recently and have not been able to find a way to contact the BEAR League. I would like to suggest a couple of things:

1. When I visited Whistler, B.C. a year ago, I was impressed by their “community bear awareness” and, the prevalence of bear-proof garbage containers there that seem like very simple, double-flip-top contraptions you find all around town.

(There are 120 known bears living in the Whistler Valley.) Maybe those are less expensive than the $800 models being considered here.

2. One problem with our garbage is that the garbage company sends out a flyer to new residents requiring us to place our garbage out by 5 a.m. on collection days. I do not wake up that early (I am a recent retiree) so, I am guilty of putting out my garbage the night before, with a bungee cord on the flipped-up handle locks. So far, it has worked. However, our street (Bruce Drive) was visited this week by a resident raccoon pair, as evidenced by strewn garbage across from my house. So let’s not always blame the bears! Maybe the garbage company could sart their collection at 7 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. That would reduce some of the “garbage raider bear” problems.

Can you let new know, please, how I may reach the BEAR League?

Erika Toth

South Lake Tahoe

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