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Seminole Co. leaders meeting about bear-proof trash cans

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LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Seminole County Commissioners will meet to discuss the value of bear resistant trash cans Tuesday morning.

The meeting at 9:30am is open to the public and comes after two women were reportedly mauled by bears this year; one just a week and a half ago.

Since then Florida Fish and Wildlife has put down more than a handful of bears in the area.

Officials say bear-proof trash cans could help deter potential attacks.

Tuesday’s discussion will focus on allowing residents to use larger, sturdier cans.

Each can could cost between $150 to $180 dollars.

If passed the next question will be who foots the bill?

“I'm not gonna discriminate on who might be able to afford it and who might not. This is a state issue because it involves the public. Whether someone has the money to purchase a can on their own doesn't matter to me. It's the fact that we need to get them into the area and we need to get state funds to get it done,” said State Representative Mike Clelland.

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