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Fruit is easy pickings for bears

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Bears are still moseying into neighborhoods looking for food.A small black bear was spotted near the Colorado Mountain College turnoff on Highway 82 yesterday.

Ripening fruit trees are one of the things that are bringing black bears down from the mountains and into yards.”They’re all over Glenwood Springs right now,” said Colorado Division of Wildlife district wildlife manager Sonia Marzec.

Some residents are finding bears actually ripping off fruit tree branches to get to the sweet treats, she added.Marzec strongly encourages people to collect any fallen fruit and to pick ripened fruit from the branches as soon as possible. If bears are climbing up the tree, residents can prevent the bear from gaining access to the trunk with electric fencing or ammonia-filled balloons, she said.

Besides taking care of fallen fruit and fruit trees, residents should take care of personal and business garbage to eliminate the food source for bears.Glenwood Springs has a bear ordinance that states residents must properly dispose of trash or they will receive a citation.This year has been especially bad for bears coming into communities looking for food. Experts say the late spring frost and hot summer temperatures have made it difficult for bears to find food sources in the high country.

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