Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

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Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Officials say it’s time to take precautions to reduce human-wildlife conflict
Jocelyn Skill snapped a photo of a bear climbing up a hillside near County Road 201. She said the bear has been eating a deer carcass on the side of the road.

Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Jocelyn Skill snapped a photo of a bear climbing up a hillside near County Road 201. She said the bear has been eating a deer carcass on the side of the road.
Tips to reduce human-bear conflict

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds residents that bears are emerging from hibernation and beginning to search for food.
Tips to prevent human-bear conflicts include:
Keep garbage in a well-secured enclosure. Only put out garbage on the morning of pickup. Bring empty cans inside before dark.Use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster. Clean all garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free. The scent of ammonia can deter bears.Take down all bird feeders by April 15. Hang feeders again in mid-November.Don’t leave pet food or stock feed outside.Keep garage doors and windows closed and locked, especially between dusk and dawn.Don’t leave food or scented items in your car. Always lock vehicle doors.Use bear boxes or bear-proof containers when camping.Don’t leave food outside while camping. If bear boxes aren’t available, lock all food in a vehicle.Review CPW’s Bearproofing Your Home Fact Sheet and conduct a home audit to be sure you are not attracting bears to your property.
For more information, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/bears.

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