The number of bear-human encounters is down significantly this year in part because natural food sources aren’t as hard to find.
The bears camped out in a tree in Boulder much of Tuesday haven’t been seen Wednesday morning.
Wildlife officers hope a mother bear and her two cubs will return to higher ground Tuesday night.
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The 2-year-old bear ransacked one house near 300 Arapahoe Avenue before breaking into the next home on Marine Street searching for more food.
The bears are back. They’re coming out of hibernation, and just Monday one was found shot to death in Snowmass Village. On Tuesday a bear appeared in Boulder.
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.