Bear Policy Discussion Seminole County

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda!


Leaving trash out COULD MEAN?

How long has this been going on?

If one of the richest counties in the state wanted the wildlife, bears and such, around their neighborhood and the rest of the counties in the state did not, this, Seminole County and the rest of the state would be over populated with wildlife, bears and such, it all depends on who is feeding the coffers (bank account) of our politicians!

The governor’s budget will allow for bear proof trash containers in Seminole County as long as all of the Floridians taxes pay for them!

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Leaving trash out could mean fines for Seminole County residents in bear area.


Bears are always on the move in Seminole County, often found scrounging for food in trash cans.

A proposed county ordinance would mean that some Seminole County homeowners have to keep food scraps in the house or garage, or locked up in a bear-proof trash can.


“You’ve got to be very careful with your trash can.

Make sure it’s sealed. Just take care of that,” resident Pedro Rodriguez said.


The proposed ordinance would mean a fine of $100 a day for those who put trash out before 5 a.m. on collection day, or leaving their cans out after 8 p.m. Residents who have purchased bear-proof trash cans are exempt.

READ: Draft copy of bear ordinance

“It’s impossible to do it. We would get fined because sometimes we have to put the trash out the night before, and everyone puts their trash out the night before,” resident Barbara Hansla said.

Barbara Hansla and her husband, Carl Hansla, said their small dogs have made them more aware of bears.

“Just leave (the bear) alone and just let people have common sense. It’ll work,” Carl Hansla said.

After three bear attacks in Seminole County in the past two years, some residents said you can’t be too careful.

“Because we all live together, it should be that way,” Rodriguez said.

Residents said leaving turkey fryers and grills out can also attract bears.

The ordinance would also prohibit residents leaving pet food outside and would put restrictions on what kind of bird feeders can be in yards.

The ordinance would affect those living in the Urban Bear Management Area, an area of Seminole County where there is a high incidence of bears looking for food in trash containers. Commissioners will determine the boundaries of that area.

Commissioners are expected to take up the ordinance on Dec. 8.


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