There is good news about the black bear population in some areas of Colorado: bears might not be roaming through populated areas to get food.
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.
The number of bear-human encounters is down significantly this year in part because natural food sources aren’t as hard to find.
Wildlife officials say several thousand fish were killed when a monsoonal downpour in July washed silt and debris into the Colorado River below Dotsero and through the Glenwood Canyon.
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.