(CBS4) – It’s time for the Coloradans to revert to Bear Conscious Mode after the animals wake up from their hibernation in search of food.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said spring is when the bears become active, and they have already received reports of bear activity in Steamboat, Durango, and Colorado Springs.
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A wildlife camera captured video of a family of black bears out and about in Roxborough State Park in Douglas County earlier this month.
Black bears wake up in Roxborough. This family was discovered on Saturday morning by our #trailcams #livelifeoutsideCO pic.twitter.com/3Kf6JylkfH
– Ranger_Tiffany (@RangerTMcCauley) April 14, 2021
“It’s natural, and now is the time we want to remind people to back up their trash and get rid of that bird seed,” said Jason Clay of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Those are two main causes of conflict.”
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When it comes to trash, Clay said you need to be sure your trash cans are secured so a bear can’t get in. He also suggests waiting and taking your trash to the curb by the morning it is picked up.
“They just want to do everything in our community to avoid bears attractants,” Clay said.
According to the CPW, bears prefer natural sources of food but turn to human-supplied food when it is available. If a bear finds food near your home, it will likely keep coming back.
“They just follow their noses,” said Clay. “Bears are lazy animals and they are extremely smart. You have great memories and want to make the least effort to get the most calories. “
According to Clay, CPW typically receives around 5,000 reports of bear activity each year.
Other tips to keep in mind from CPW include:
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- Keep garages, windows, and cars locked at night. Install extra sturdy doors if you have a refrigerator, pet food, bird seed, or other attractants in your garage.
- Teach bears that they are not welcome. When a bear approaches your home or yard, scream, clap your hands, hit pots or pans, or use an airhorn to scare them off (from a safe distance, of course).
- CPW recommends using birdhouses only when the bears are not active. However, if you plan to use birdhouses year round, CPW recommends keeping them at least 10 feet in the air and at least 10 feet from anything a bear might climb to get to them.
- Do not leave pet food or fodder outside.
- Do not keep food in your vehicle. Fold up the windows and lock the doors of your vehicles.
For a full list of tips and more information about bears, please visit https://cpw.state.co.us/bears