It’s been a bad season for bears in Colorado. And it doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Four young bears around Steamboat Springs with a penchant for berries just got moved to Rifle for rehab. From the Steamboat Pilot & Today:
Ripe serviceberries and chokecherries around Steamboat Springs are drawing black bears in from the wilderness, keeping Division of Wildlife officers and homeowners busy this summer deterring, and sometimes killing, nuisance bears.
Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said his office has moved two yearlings away from town and two cubs to a rehabilitation center in Rifle. Also this summer, authorized trappers have killed at least three nuisance bears in northern Routt County, and landowners have killed about four bears as they protected livestock in the northern part of the county. One homeowner killed a bear outside of Hayden.
The bear mayhem in Colorado has been particularly bad in Aspen (as usual), but bear problems have popped up across the state, including Boulder County.
Already this year, a 74-year-old woman in Ouray (who was known to feed bears) was killed by a bear in her backyard. In Snowmass, a bear got stuck in a sunken skatepark and had to use a ladder to crawl out. In Aspen, a bear chewed on the leg of a napping woman.
And in Boulder County, bears have been busy visiting houses in the foothills, on one occassion stealing fresh-baked biscotti off of a windowsill. Another bear that broke into a home up sunshine canyon was killed by a startled homeowner who shot the bear with his shotgun.
Read the full story about the bears in Steamboat Springs, or check out guidelines for how to live safely with bears from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.