LITTLETON, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say they have received several reports of bears rummaging around the Roxborough Village area.
The reports involve bears getting into bird feeders and trash, as well as entering open garages.
The peak time for the recent bear calls have come on and around trash pickup day, according to CPW officials.
Experts say bears easily become habituated to human-provided food, bird feeders, and trash, and they become bolder in their interactions with people as a result.
Habituated bears that grow accustomed to humans can pose a public safety risk.
These animals are rarely relocated successfully, as they can and will travel hundreds of miles to return to their home areas.
Officials said these, among other factors, often lead to the destruction of bears that have been allowed access to human related food sources.
Roxborough Village, like much of Douglas County, is located in ideal bear habitat and bears are expected to occupy the area surrounding this community, CPW says.
However, experts say if human food sources were minimized, bears would merely move through the area and yet retain their natural instincts for finding wild food with little human conflict or interaction.
Residents were urged to take an active role in keeping themselves, their neighbors and their property safe. This can be achieved by bear proofing homes.
CPW encourages residents to:
- Remove all birdfeeders from April through November.
- Put trash out only on the morning of pickup. Do not leave trash out overnight.
- Haze bears away from your property using noisemakers, such as banging pots and pans or blowing an airhorn from a safe distance.
- Keep garage doors closed when not in use.
- Close and lock all ground level windows and doors to prevent easy access to the home interior.
For more on how to bear-proof homes, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/bears.
Those who would like to talk with someone about living in bear country should call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227.