JACKSON, Wyo. — In August, Jackson’s Town Council unanimously approved a new wildlife feeding code that will require bear-resistant trash cans in several parts of the town come spring.

Among an array of new rules, the code will require residential and commercial bear-resistant trash containers or enclosures on the outer edges of town.

The “Town Bear Conflict Zone” established through Wyoming Game and Fish Department data . The zone is where data indicates the majority of human-bear conflicts have occurred in the last ten years. Photo: Town of Jackson

Beginning April 1, 2023, residents in the “Bear Conflict Zone” will be required to store their trash in bear-resistant cans or enclosures.

Although spring is months away, the Town of Jackson is urging residents to start planning now so they are ready for when bears emerge from hibernation.

Currently, the Town is encouraging neighbors outside the zone to wait to buy bear-resistant trash cans until after April. That way, they are available to everyone in the zone first.

To read further details regarding Jackson’s Wildlife Feeding Regulations and Bear Resistant Trash Can Ordinance click here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.