Police chief warns of sanitation ordinance enforcement


August 18, 2022

Screen Shot/ Abbey Hardie

Bear sightings are continuing to rise as they frequent the streets of Petersburg in search of garbage.

In response, Petersburg Police Department Chief Jim Kerr spoke during Monday's Petersburg Borough Assembly meeting on the threat bears pose and actions the police department has taken to reduce their presence.

"To try and get the bear issue to drop before school starts we started issuing citations enforcing the new garbage ordinance," Kerr said.

The ordinance, which was approved by the assembly after a high number of bear sightings last fall, requires residents to make a "reasonable effort...

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