CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For the past few months, bears have been seen roaming residential neighborhoods, and even trying to get into cars, but the Town of Christiansburg is hoping to help with a solution.

The town has announced its Bear Cart Program, which will be offering 35 bear-resistant trash carts to residents. With the help of a matching $10,000 from the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR), Christiansburg was able to purchase 35 bear-resistant trash carts.

These carts will allow the Christiansburg Solid Waste Department to provide bear-resistant trash carts to residents in neighborhoods where the DVWR has received the most complaints about bear sightings. However, the carts will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Officials say carts will be given to residents who do not have a garage or an accessory storage building that provides protective storage for their trash carts. But the carts will remain the property of the Town of Christiansburg.

To receive a cart, residents must fill out an application online and meet the detailed requirements. For more information, click here.