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Out of a slumber

Bears emerging from dens soon – watch your trash bins, bird feeders
The area’s resident black bear population will start emerging from dens in mid- to late April. Wildlife agencies and advocates are sounding warnings to prepare now to avoid human-bear interactions.
A hungry bear had easy access to food last summer in Durango. Bears become more comfortable around people the more they are exposed, and they grow bolder and more aggressive after each human interaction, said Bryan Peterson, director of Bear Smart.
Discouraging bears

b Keep trash in wildlife-resistant containers or store trash containers in a secure building.
b Set trash containers at curbside the morning of collection only, and occasionally wash containers with bleach to reduce odors.
b Take down bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders, during bear season or make them inaccessible to bears.
b Feed pets indoors and store pet food in a secure container.
b Be mindful that fruit trees, compost, gardens, poultry and livestock attract bears.
b Clean barbecues after each use.
b Never leave food in vehicles.
b Keep all lower windows and doors tightly closed.
b Consider replacing lever-style door handles with round knobs that bears can’t open.
b Don’t allow bears to become comfortable being near your home or property.
b Never feed bears or try to approach them.
Source: Bear Smart Durango

Out of a slumber

The area’s resident black bear population will start emerging from dens in mid- to late April. Wildlife agencies and advocates are sounding warnings to prepare now to avoid human-bear interactions.
A hungry bear had easy access to food last summer in Durango. Bears become more comfortable around people the more they are exposed, and they grow bolder and more aggressive after each human interaction, said Bryan Peterson, director of Bear Smart.
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