Irresponsible behavior endangers not just bears — the safety of humans is a factor too. While it is well known in the Roaring Fork Valley that we provide trash can straps, we thought we would cover other bear proofing methods and bear safety measures here.
Do-It-yourself Trash CAN Modifications
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “IGBC Certification“?
Why don’t you get your straps “IGBC Certified“?
Moreover, our straps to deter BLACK bears — NOT Grizzlies. (Grizzly bear claws are upwards of 4″ long , whereas Black bears claws are only 1.5 – 2″ long. Grizzly bears easily outweigh and outsize black bears. Grizzly bears weigh 400 to 1,000 pounds compared to the 100 to 600 pound Black bear. Grizzlies can be 5 to 8 feet tall and tower over their 4 to 6 foot cousins.) We do NOT have Grizzly bears here in the Roaring Fork Valley. In short, the purpose of our trash can straps is not to be Grizzly proof, but to serve as a deterrent to local Black bears. The goal is to get them to realize that there is no easy food available and to move back to foraging for natural food sources.