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Colorado’s bears are awake. Here’s how to keep yourself — and them — safe

By: JOELLA BAUMANN, The Denver Post
June 15, 2017 Updated: June 16, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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photo - This Nov. 1, 2016 photo provided by Drew Wharton shows a female black bear wearing GPS collar in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Drew Wharton, AP.
This Nov. 1, 2016 photo provided by Drew Wharton shows a female black bear wearing GPS collar in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Drew Wharton, AP. 

Whether they are raiding apartments in Vail, trashing cars in Aspen or Steamboat Springs, or disrupting foot races in Boulder or Colorado Springs, Colorado bears are out in full force. The weather is warming up and as the rising human population encroaches into bear territory, interactions between humans and bears are becoming increasingly common.

But there are things you can do to reduce potential conflict. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill offered some of the best ways to keep you, your belongings and the bears safe, whether you live in bear country or you’re just visiting during the summer months.

Living in bear country

  • The most important thing is to take down your bird feeder from April to Thanksgiving. “Bird feeders are attractants to bears,” Churchill said. “They are really full of calories and a great reward for a bear that is worth the effort to get to.”
  • Secure your trash. Many disposal companies supply bear-resistant trash containers for an additional cost. “Bears can’t get in to get food rewards,” she said.

Read the full story at The Denver Post.

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