Colorado’s Bears Waking Up Early And Hungry

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Image of a bear in Aspen in August, 2011 (credit: CBS)

Image of a bear in Aspen in August, 2011 (credit: CBS)

ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The warm weather has Colorado’s bears waking up early.

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife says folks have spotted bears near Colorado Springs, Aspen and in Summit County.

Wildlife officials say they are hungry and looking for food in the trash.

“If your community has a trash ordinance, follow that ordinance. If your community doesn’t have a trash ordinance, put your trash out on the morning of pickup. Don’t do it the night before because bears are typically active very early in the morning or very late at night when they can get to trash,” Randy Hampton with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

Parks and Wildlife has other important reminders to avoid attracting bears. They say to take in bird feeders now that winter is over, don’t feed your pets outdoors, and clean barbeque grills regularly.

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