SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – 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.

It was a big problem last year as bears came down to the lower elevations to search for food.

Bear experts say things are looking much better in the high country for bears and their food sources, specifically in Glenwood Springs, Vail and the Roaring Fork Valley. Bears are starting to get out and look around for food right now, so the next few weeks are critical.

A bear wander the Cherry Knolls neighborhood in Centennial in 2001 (credit: CBS)

A bear wander the Cherry Knolls neighborhood in Centennial in 2001 (credit: CBS)

“A few conflicts, right now the weather is perfect, we have this wonderful moisture, cherries are blooming, have not had any major freezes,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Perry Will. “Looking good for this season so far.”

Even if the natural food supply for bears remains on target this year, bears will still travel to populated areas looking for an easy meal. One of the most effective ways to keep bears away is to lock up trash in bear-proof containers.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

In communities like Glenwood, new city ordinances could result in hundreds of dollars in fines for residents who do not take the proper steps to keep bears away from the trash.

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