Just add ammonia to discourage bears

Brief by Central Staff

Wildlife – October 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

While Aspen and many other mountain towns continue to fret about how to make their garbage less available and hence attractive to bears, Salida resident Julia Litz says she believes she has the solution.

“While living outside of Breckenridge at 10,600 feet, we had bears in our garbage,” she writes in a letter published in the Aspen Daily News. “No matter what we did to discourage this, it didn’t happen until I read somewhere to pour household ammonia on top of the garbage can,” she reports.

“It worked,” she adds. “I did this a couple times a week.”