Top Stories of 2007: Bears are back |

Top Stories of 2007: Bears are back

Dennis WebbGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Bears were back in the news big-time in Colorado this summer, and that includes in Garfield County.

A poor crop of natural foods such as berries, and plentiful supplies of human garbage, contributed to problems of bears in residential areas in many parts of the state.Colorado Division of Wildlife officers had to destroy a bear because campers reportedly had been petting it and even feeding it in West Glenwood, which could make it potentially dangerous to others.

They also relocated a mother bear and her cub after animals were feeding on garbage and being approached by children in a mobile home park in Glenwood Springs.Bear problems also began showing up increasingly at the growing number of worker camps at remote natural gas drilling locations. Energy companies said they were working to better contain garbage at the sites to reduce the temptation for the animals.

As in past years, wildlife officials have said they have a people problem, not a bear problem. Repeating the “a fed bear is a dead bear” mantra, they continued to try to work with the public to take steps such as using bearproof containers or not putting out trash until the morning of pickup so bears have less reason to come around.

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