Securing Garbage from Florida Black Bears: Why are the Appropriate Measures Not Implemented at the Municipal Level?

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Check out this recent article by Ethan T. Noel and Elizabeth F. Pienaar that sheds light on what obstacles there really are to implementing bear-resistant garbage practices and ordinances at the municipal level.

Food conditioning of bears through garbage has caused increases in human-bear conflicts in Florida. However, Florida's municipal governments have not taken steps to prevent these conflicts through garbage management. In order to understand obstacles to securing garbage from bears at the municipal level, authors conducted semi-structured interviews of local government administrations and waste service providers. Findings show that major obstacles include political and economic costs of implementing bear-resistant garbage practices but that objections to adopting practices were overstated.

Photo: Courtney Celley, USFWS

Suggested Citation

 Ethan T. Noel & Elizabeth F. Pienaar (2017): Securing Garbage from Florida Black Bears: Why are the Appropriate Measures Not Implemented at the Municipal Level?, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2017.1334162