One of the first poaching cases of the spring has Colorado wildlife officials very worried. They found a bear next to a shed full of dumpsters in Snowmass Village.
Colorado researchers have been venturing into bear dens in recent months to understand why bears and people are crossing paths so often and why the animals’ hunt for food is becoming increasingly risky.
State wildlife officials in the high country say the weather in upcoming weeks will be critical in determining what bear season will be like.
Aspen police responded to about 1,040 calls about problem bears last year.
In his 38 years in wildlife management, Perry Will has never seen a bear season like 2012.
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It’s one of the biggest issues facing residents of Aspen and the rest of Pitkin County: what to do with the growing bear population.
Wildlife officials predicted this would be a bad summer for bears. Drought conditions early in the spring were good indications this would be a deadly year for the animals, and now it’s known just how bad the year has been.
The students at a middle school in Jefferson County got an unusual lesson in wildlife on Tuesday as the school was locked down because of a bear camped out nearby.