Black Bears

Glenwood Springs Police Department

If you live in Glenwood Springs, and bear gets into your trash, the police will give you a warning. If it happens again, even a few times, you might get a small fine. But that could change after recommendations from the city’s Police Department. Officials are considering cracking down on people letting bears eat their garbage. The move comes after an unusually high amount of bear and trash problems in the last year. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Terry Wilson.

aspenpitkin.com

Bears are increasingly being drawn into Aspen this summer as their natural foods up high are late to bloom. Early Sunday a black bear swiped at a woman in a downtown alley. And, the number of bear-related calls to police have spiked in July. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far in 2014, the Aspen Police Department has handled 150 calls, from bears digging through garbage to questions about local trash laws. Five callers reported bears breaking into homes. Police Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says so far it’s a moderate year for bear activity.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Aspen sits smack dab in the middle of prime black bear habitat, and already this year several sightings and home break-in’s have been reported. The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife takes those reports and deals with problem bears. Julie Mao is a Terrestrial Biologist for the agency. She told Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen as populations of bears and people grow in the state, more run-in’s with the bruins are expected.