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New $1,000 fine for letting bears into trash at Tahoe

  • This photo taken Dec. 27. 2012 shows Kerry Taber, a coe compliance office with the town of Truckee, Calif., showing the inside of a bear proof garbage container . (AP Photo/The Gazette-Journal, Marilyn Newton)

RENO, Nev. — Another Lake Tahoe-area community is cracking down on people who allow easy access to garbage for bears, dogs, raccoons and other animals.

The town of Truckee, Calif., has adopted new rules designed to prevent careless handling of trash and the critters that often come with it.

Similar to regulations at California's nearby Tahoe Donner subdivision and Lake Tahoe's Incline Village, Truckee's trash ordinance comes with teeth: repeat violators face fines of up to $1,000.

The rules approved by the Truckee Town Council took effect a week ago. Some say the move to address trash-eating bears was long overdue.

"It's just not something you want to encourage," Truckee Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/c5a4f9s).


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