Apr 20, 2013 12:25 PM by Eric Ross
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officials say some of Colorado's black bears have begun to emerge from their dens after a long winter's nap.
U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Ashley Nettles tells The Summit Daily News that mountain residents need to be cautious because "what we forget sometimes is that bears aren't in our habitat, we have encroached into theirs."
Bears can come out of hibernation as early as late February and March, but the bulk of them emerge from their dens in mid-April.
Wildlife officials say that to discourage bears from seeking food near humans, residents should feed pets indoors, lock up trash, remove birdfeeders in the spring and summer, keep grills clean and inside sheds or garages, and lock doors and windows of homes and cars.