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Warm Days Bringing Bears Out Of Hibernation Early

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Tom Hansch of Roxborough Park took these photos of black bears on May 16, 2010. "The mamma has 3 new cubs all of which are light brown in color," he wrote.

Tom Hansch of Roxborough Park took these photos of black bears on May 16, 2010. “The mamma has 3 new cubs all of which are light brown in color,” he wrote.

DENVER (AP) — Temperatures rising into the 70s in some areas are bringing some of Colorado’s black bears out of hibernation early.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say sightings have already been reported in Colorado Springs, Aspen, Durango and Summit County.

Colorado has an estimated 16,000 to 18,000 black bears and more than 5 million people. Wildlife officers put down bears that are deemed a nuisance to humans.

Wildlife officials say that to discourage bears from seeking food near humans, residents should feed pets indoors, lock up trash, remove birdfeeders in spring and summer, keep grills clean and inside sheds or garages, and lock doors and windows of homes and cars.

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