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Lake Tahoe community approves trash rules to reduce bear conflicts

The Associated Press

INCLINE VILLAGE (AP) ” A Lake Tahoe community has enacted a tougher trash ordinance in an effort to reduce a growing number of human-bear conflicts.

Under the action taken on a 4-1 vote Wednesday by the Incline Village General Improvement District board, residents cannot put garbage at curbs until after 5 a.m. on collection days.

People who leave trash out overnight have been blamed for luring bears to the north shore community.

The new ordinance also calls for residents to face stiffer fines for wildlife-related trash violations ” $300 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.

Under the former ordinance, there was a $100 fine for a first offense, a $500 fine for a second offense and a $1,000 fine for subsequent offenses.

The $300, first-offense fine under the new ordinance would go toward a 96-gallon wildlife-resistant container that the improvement district would provide offenders.

Other jurisdictions around Tahoe already have taken similar steps to reduce human-bear conflicts.