The Roaring Fork Valley has been the epicenter for bear encounters with people, and now state officials want to hear from the public on what to do about it at meeting Wednesday evening in Glenwood Springs.
Colorado’s black bear population is booming, and state lawmakers are grappling with what to do to reduce conflicts between humans and the animals.
One-fourth of the 2015 legislative session is in the books, meaning the niceties are over and longer days await lawmakers.
A hungry black bear thought it had found an easy meal inside an unlocked car in suburban Denver. But after getting the doggie bag left inside, the bear couldn’t manage to get out and ripped apart the sedan’s interior.
Bears rummaging through trash cans has been a common sight in the western sections of Boulder, and the city is responding with new rules to try to prevent it.
In August, Aspen police responded to 209 bear calls, a significant increase over 2013.
Wildlife officials are hoping hunters will help them thin out the bear population as bears keep getting into campsites near Aspen.
It’s becoming a dangerous trend toward the end of summer as hungry bears try to find food– bears seen wandering through neighborhoods and towns.
The closure of 11 campsites near Aspen this weekend due to bears follows a string of bear-related encounters that have worried officials.
The U.S. Forest Service has closed 11 backcountry campsites near Aspen because of bears.