In the Berkshires, conflicts with bears are a serious and frequent problem. Thanks to a grant from the Nion Robert Thieriot Foundation, the MSPCA is able to provide funding assistance in the acquisition and installation of bear-proof trash receptacles in Berkshire County.
Who can participate? An individual or entity in Berkshire County.
What are the criteria? A willingness to resolve problems non-lethally, a site that is conducive to bear-proof trash receptacle usage, and permission of property owner to install to receptacle. Some financial investment may be asked of the grant recipient. Additionally, a willingness to promote the collaboration with the MSPCA and the grant program is desired, as well as possible help to measure the impact of the device on conflicts.
How do I request assistance? Please email or mail a completed application to email@example.com or MSPCA, Attn: Elizabeth Magner, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.
Funding amount: The amount of funding offered to each applicant will depend on the number of requests, the amount of each viable request, and the available funds.
Deadline: Requests will be accepted throughout 2021 until funding is exhausted. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received, but financial need and the significance of the problem may play a role when funding is limited.
Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Magner:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 617-541-5104
Note: If you have a problem with bear conflicts in another part of the state, please contact us for more information: email@example.com.