Bear Safe Summit

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Photo Courtesy of the Summit Daily and Summit County Bear Aware

Trash Kills Bears! 

When bears discover they can frequently get food from human sources, like dumpsters and trash bins, they will keep returning to those locations. This causes bears to cross paths with humans more frequently and increase the chances of harmful or dangerous interactions. As the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife puts it: "Bears that become aggressive in their pursuit of an easy meal must often be destroyed. Every time we’re forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness that makes Colorado so special." 

To combat this issue, Summit County is launching Bear Safe Summit; an educational campaign and a grant program with the goal of preventing bears from getting into your tasty trash. Bear Safe Summit is funded by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Human-Bear Conflict Reduction Community Grant.

The County is offering up to $400 towards AMI-qualified residents to upgrade their trash bin and up to $3,000 towards commercial dumpster or garbage enclosure upgrades. 

Select the link below to apply for funding to upgrade your dumpster or trash enclosure (restaurants, stores, HOAs, multi-family housing) or purchase a bear-resistant trash bin (individual residents). 

Residential Trash Bin Application

Commercial Dumpster/Enclosure Application Form

*Please note, at this moment, funding is only available to properties in unincorporated areas of Summit County. 

Contact Ashley Brubaker (ashley.brubaker@summitcountyco.gov) with any questions.