Boulder County brace for return of bears

The bears are back in town.

With temperatures rising, Boulder County residents could see an increase in bear activity and have not yet had a few encounters this spring.

Colorado Parks and life interpreter Jason Clay aforementioned every year is different based on how harsh the winter months were, but aforementioned this is about the time of year when bears start to become more active.

“The food sources are becoming available, and that is what really drives it,” Clay aforementioned of bear activity.

Boulder County has not yet seen quite a bit of bear activity this month.

Among the sightings were a yearling that found its way up into a tree near Baseline Road and eighteenth Street on May 14.

“He was a pretty small bear still growing into his ears and in need of some serious calories,” aforementioned bear sitter Melanie Hill. “Before I got there, the bear had gotten into trash and one of the tenants was cleansing up the mess. Apparently the bin was broken, so I advised her to get the bin replaced immediately.”

Clay aforementioned with bears once once once again becoming active, people should get back into the habit of securing their trash and removing attractants so much as pet food or bird feeders.

“Once a bear is rewarded, they are very smart and they will remember your property,” Clay aforementioned. “They’ll always remember it, so you want to prevent that from occurring in the first place.”

But even without attractants, Clay aforementioned sometimes bears simply end up in colonized areas piece trying to make their way back to the foothills.

“If you see that, the best thing to do is give us a call and we will put bear sitters there making sure it doesn’t do anything,” Clay aforementioned.

Simply waiting for a bear to wander back into the foothills isn’t a big problem in Boulder, but it becomes trickier the farther into town the bear wanders. Mead saw some bear activity earlier this month, piece life officials had to relocate a bear found in Niwot.

Thanks to the folks in @niwotcolorado for alerting us about this bear in town Tuesday. We were able to prevent any conflicts (getting into trash, killing stock) & they helped us save this bear. We relocated it deep into the @usfsarp on a private road closed to public traffic. pic.twitter.com/5bGp5FgCrh

— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) May 15, 2019

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In the case of the Niwot bear, Clay aforementioned officials at bay it even though it did not get into any trash or kill any stock because of how far away it was from the foothills.

“It would have been really hard for that bear to move back west, and it would have led to it crossing more homes and possibly interacting with people,” Clay aforementioned. “That’s why we wanted to relocate that one.”

Clay aforementioned the best way for bears and world to coexist is for the bears to maintain a fear of world and colonized areas.

“We want to reinforce the bears’ natural fear of world and that this is not where they should be making a living,” Clay aforementioned. “We want them to go after their natural food resources.”