AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe measure is scheduled to take effect Jan. 11. The City Council based its decision on the state of California Department of Fish and Game opinion that removal of food sources is the only permanent and long-term solution to reducing bear populations in residential areas near bear habitats. The ordinance applies to the Duarte Mesa area, which is bounded by city limits on the north, the Maddock debris basin to the east, city limits to the west and the boundary with Bradbury to the south. Duarte Mesa streets include Golden Meadow Drive, High Mesa Drive, Rim Road, Spinks Canyon Road, Tall Pine Drive and the portion of Mt. Olive Drive within the Mesa area. The ordinance does not affect refuse containers used in other parts of the city, which may be placed curbside after 6 p.m. the day before trash pickup. DUARTE – The city is trying to rid its foothill areas of bears by taking away a primary food source: trash cans. The City Council this week approved an ordinance limiting the time people are allowed to keep their trash cans at the curb. The council’s action came after months of complaints by hillside area residents about close encounters with marauding bears and months of public discussion about how to solve the potentially deadly problem. Under the ordinance, some hillside residents cannot place trash receptacles on the street prior to 6 a.m. on collection day. The council heard public and expert testimony Tuesday that California’s bear population is growing – their numbers statewide now exceed 30,000. They were told relocating troublesome bears doesn’t work because bears can travel long distances at significant speeds and return to areas where they were born or where food is readily available. Fish and Game said it will issue permits to kill bears only after measures to reduce or avoid bear-human interaction have been exhausted. City officials determined the primary corrective measure is reducing or eliminating bears’ access to human solid waste, including food garbage. Experts told the council that bears hunt for food throughout the year, but especially in late summer and early fall when they seek to add fat to their bodies in preparation for hibernating or denning. It was noted the year-round availability of human food in residential areas near bears’ hillside and mountain habitats has led to a reduction of denning. California bears can grow to five or six feet in length, experts said, weigh up to 600 pounds and live 25 to 30 years. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!