Jul 24, 2011 2:22 PM by James H Egbert

Close encounters of the bear kind on the rise

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife is cautioning residents and campers that dryer than average conditions are attributing to higher than normal human and bear interaction. Michael Seraphin, Spokesperson with DOW released a statement outlining that within the last few weeks, wildlife officers have responded to a higher than normal level of calls about bears entering homes, garages, sheds, tents, chicken coops and damaging beehives.

Cory Chick an area wildlife manager said, "This has been a below average year for natural food for bears," he went on to say, "During the summer, bears depend on green, palatable vegetation and bugs and other critters they find under rocks and logs as their primary food sources. But those natural food sources are harder to find in dry conditions."

Chick also commented that part of the problem is that people are making too easy for bears to find alternatives around their homes and recreational sites. Keep in mind that the prime feeding time for bears is only weeks away and bears will go into high gear looking for food to fatten up for their winter slumber. The number of human and bear encounters will surely grow as we head into that part of the season so wildlife officers are advising people to remove food attractants from their homes and camp or picnic sites to avoid confrontations with bears. Keep in mind, bears are also not the only ones you could see increased encounters from.



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