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Volusia County Awarded BearWise Funding For Bear-Resistant Trash Cans

By on November 17, 2017 in WNDB News

Volusia County, FL – Volusia County is one of ten Florida areas that will be awarded BearWise Funding in order to purchase bear-resistant trash cans, dumpsters, and other equipment for residents at a discounted cost, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The FWC has awarded ten communities that applied for the BearWise funding a total of $515,283. The funding addresses the issue of black bears entering neighborhoods due to unsecured trash. Volusia County will get $75,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for the County’s west side. Below is a breakdown of the ten areas awarded the funding, according to the FWC:

  • Seminole County – $189,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents in the western portion of Seminole County, which has an ordinance requiring trash be kept secure from bears.
  • Lake County – $85,508 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents in Lake County, which has an ordinance requiring trash be kept secure from bears.
  • Volusia County – $75,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents in the western portion of Volusia County.
  • Holley by the Sea Improvement Association – $65,000 to purchase hardware to modify all 3,700 trash cans to make them bear-resistant in the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association, located in the southern portion of Santa Rosa County, which has an ordinance requiring trash be kept secure from bears.
  • Highlands County – $48,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents in the central portion of the Highlands County.
  • Orange County – $20,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for residents in the northwestern portion of Orange County, which has an ordinance requiring trash be kept secure from bears.
  • Walton County – $18,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for Walton County parks and to modify dumpsters to make them bear-resistant.
  • Air Force Enlisted Village – $7,700 to modify dumpsters to make them bear-resistant in this community in Okaloosa County.
  • Collier County Parks and Recreation – $3,675 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for three Collier County parks.
  • Franklin County – $3,400 to purchase hardware to modify regular trash cans to make them bear-resistant for residents in the southern portion of Franklin County.

This year, the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott provided $415,283 to the FWC to cost-share with local governments in areas with high levels of human-bear conflicts. At least 60% of that money must go to communities with ordinances requiring trash be kept secure from bears. The FWC also received funding from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, which provided an additional $100,000 in proceeds from the Conserve Wildlife license plate.

Below are the criteria that the FWC used to evaluate the BearWise funding applications:

  • Does the community have an ordinance requiring residents and businesses to keep trash and other attractants secure from bears?
  • How many households within the community are in an area with significant human-bear conflicts, and how many residences and businesses are expected to benefit?
  • How much in matching funds or in-kind services can the community provide?
  • What is the likelihood the project will result in a community-wide reduction of human-bear conflicts?

You can find out more information on FWC and black bears by visiting MyFWC.com/Bear and clicking on “Live BearWise.” You can also find a BearWise video here.

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