BOULDER, Colo. -- The city of Boulder is stepping up its efforts to protect bears and that means homeowners need to make sure their trash is secured or they will be ticketed and fined.
The move comes as more bears have been moving into the city in search for food.
Six bears have been moved out of the city in the past eight days. For the bears, it's a feeding frenzy. They're attracted to all the trash in the alleys that is not secured left all over the place.
Last year, the city began mandating the new bear-resistant trash containers after four bears that came into the city had to be killed.
Beginning Thursday morning, code enforcement officers are stepping in. They will be checking the alleys looking for violators and more than ready to write a ticket.
Officers this year have handed out 155 violations. A first-time violation can cost $250.