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Bear puts off winter hibernation in search of food

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Posted at 10:50 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 00:50:58-05

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials say one black bear in Steamboat Springs is in no hurry to hibernate for the winter.

The Steamboat Pilot and Today reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Kyle Bond says a bear “has been cruising around Steamboat.” He says people need to lock their vehicles and trash.

The specific bear has been roaming around in the vicinity of Steamboat Resort and at one point tried to hibernate under the deck of a home.

Bond says bears can sometimes be deterred from hibernating because of the availability of food that the bears think they need to survive during the winter, especially food sources produced by humans.

Human food sources include unsecured trash containers and bird feeders.