Hoonah gives residents bear-resistant trash cans but most of Southeast Alaska can’t afford them

“I don't foresee realistically a bear spending 10 minutes on one trash can trying to get into it," said ADF&G Wildlife Biologist Stephen Bethune. "They usually just knock over the can, it spills open, and they grab a bag that falls out and run off with it into the woods. So even a very resistant can is going to not provide that immediate food resource and the bear’s eventually going to learn that coming into town isn't paying off for him. It's too big of a risk.” Read More