In an effort to limit animal/human interactions and to protect the local wildlife, the City of Manitou Springs enacted the Wildlife Ordinance, more commonly referred to as the “Bear Smart” Ordinance. Trash containers MUST be secure from wildlife at all times (garbage must be stored in wildlife-resistant containers and kept in a secure location which is inaccessible to wildlife). No person shall intentionally or unintentionally feed or provide food in any manner for wildlife on either public or private property within the city limits. All collection bins shall be kept closed and secured when waste is not being deposited.
The consequences for allowing wildlife to penetrate trash containers are as follows:
First Offense – warning.
Second Offense - a citation with fine.
Subsequent Offenses - a mandatory court appearance with fine.