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Letter: Spring bear hunt a necessity

Hats off to Steve Damm for writing the letter explaining why we need to bring back the spring bear hunt. Ten short years ago you never saw bear in town dumpster diving. You also never had to pack a pistol to pick berries. You can no longer take your family camping without packing a gun to keep them safe. When we see five different bears in less than a week just on our driveway (up 3 Mile) there are too many bears. It used to be very rare to see a bear. When you did, you couldn’t get to your camera fast enough.

We love seeing the bears up here because it means they are not headed dumpster diving in town, at least for today. We are the reason they head to town. We are the reason Mom and cubs got hit on the road recently and all three killed. We are the reason Colorado Parks and Wildlife has to euthanize 100s of bears each year. They are not bad bears. This is our fault.

We just have too many, and the spring bear hunt needs to be reinstated. It is going to take more than a few good spring hunts however to solve the problem. After all, it took 22 years to get to this point of overpopulation of bear. When there are no berries and few acorns, many seek the dumpsters and your trash barrel and dog food on your porch.

The bears that head to town have no fear of humans anymore and they pay the price for which we are to blame.

Soon another issue will have to be addressed as well, as Parks and Wildlife needs to issue more mountain lion permits for each section. Spotting a mountain lion also used to be a rare and treasured thing. I saw three last week. Gee. I wonder why there are so few deer.

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