Parks and Wildlife Officials Remind Public to be Bear Aware
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As the weather warms up, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife want to remind the Colorado residents to take certain precautions to help keep bears out of towns and residential areas.
Due to dry conditions in some parts of the state, bear activity in populated areas may be high once again this year.
Once bears discover a food source, they become defensive and can be a serious danger to humans.
"If you see a bear come into your community, and it keeps going, that's a good, exciting wildlife experience." said Mike Porras of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "If that bear stops and starts to go through your food, then you certainly don't want to make the bear feel welcome. If that bear is aggressive in its search for food, it's time to call a wildlife officer."
While bear sightings aren't particularly common in the Grand Valley, residents are still ask to follow still asked to follow some safety precautions.
Obtaining bear-resistant trash cans, or putting out the garbage on the morning of pickup, can go a long way.
Officials also advise to not leave pet food or feeding bowls outside.
For campers, make sure to keep the campground free of any food or trash by keeping it high in trees or locking it inside of vehicles.