Unusual cold and rain force bears to roam for food

Unusual cold and rain force bears to roam for food

Bear incidents reported in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Parker, Wheat Ridge, even in the heart of Denver.

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A hard, quick, freeze in November; an unusually cold, wet May; and a Mother’s Day frost — combined to diminish food sources for bears.

The bears, who typically eat about 20,000 calories a day during the summer, are hungry.

Bears follow green belts along creeks and through parks and golf courses to get into town,  said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. As they forage for food and come up empty, they’re moving beyond their typical boundaries.

“We have had an uptick for sure in bear conflicts,” Churchill said. “Bear reports are going through the roof.”

The above photo, courtesy of the Denver Police Dept, is of a 100-pound bear tranquilized near the University of Denver on Tuesday morning, Aug. 25, 2015.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28699377/bear-cub-gets-tough-lesson-at-university-denver

Thanks to Michael for this link


11 thoughts on “Unusual cold and rain force bears to roam for food

  1. I saw my first bear out here this spring ambling down our dirt road (assisted by angry dogs). I have lived out here almost 15 years outside of Denver on the eastern plains up on the Palmer ridge (6500 ft elevation) before it drops into the Great Basin of the Plains. It did not stay – not much to eat around here that is not defended BUT now the local papers in Elizabeth, Kiowa, etc are showing photos of multiple bears. What I thought was just an anomaly in the spring has become more of a reality. Hope they don’t find the grain in my barn. I may have to move it to a more secure location if there is such a thing from a bear.

  2. Is there a possibility that bears would stay out of hibernation if they did not have enough food to build up the fat required??

    Don

  3. Typical humans. We observe for 20 – 30 years and think that is how it acts always. You pick the subject matter. Basically a person’s working career.

  4. 3 to 8 inches of snow expected in Alaska – still summer

    Winter Storm Warning
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
    THU AUG 27 2015

    NORTHEASTERN BROOKS RANGE-
    INCLUDING…ANAKTUVUK PASS…ATIGUN PASS…GALBRAITH LAKE…
    SAGWON…FRANKLIN BLUFFS

    …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM AKDT FRIDAY ABOVE 2000 FEET…

    * LOCATION…ABOVE 2000 FEET

    * SNOW…WITH STORM TOTAL 3 TO 8 INCHES…HEAVIEST IN ATIGUN PASS.

    * TIMING…AN ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES TONIGHT.

    * IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT.
    http://pafg.arh.noaa.gov/

  5. Just feed the bears Rainier Bear from Seattle, Washington. They love it!

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2004-08-18-beer-bear_x.htm
    Bear drinks 36 cans of favorite beer
    18AUG2004

    BAKER LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Rain-eeeeer …. Bear? When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby — dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.
    The bear apparently got into campers’ coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.

    “He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.

    Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest.

    “He didn’t like that (Busch) and consumed, as near as we can tell, about 36 cans of Rainier.”

    A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.

    Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation, baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two open cans of Rainier. That did the trick.

    “This is a new one on me,” Heinck said. “I’ve known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference.”

  6. My wife came inches from hitting a bear while driving the other day. No surprise living in SW CO bear country.

  7. Why oh why do I now have the simpsons theme music going through my mind and the phrase “won’t someone think of the children”

  8. Bears won’t be the only thing. Forest fauna feeds of forest flora. If the flora freezes, dies, fails to grow or gets buried under snow, animals can’t eat. Any skinny animal will have trouble regulating its temperature when it’s malnourished in the winter.

    More animal deaths would mean their predators coming into town looking for food. You’ve already seen bear, so let’s see if Cougars, Coyotes and for some states, Wolves don’t start popping in for dinner uninvited once hunting their favorite food staple becomes that much more difficult.

  9. I’m in favor of more bears and less humans. A fine solution to bears in the Denver area would be to bulldoze about 20 miles of Colfax Ave and turn it into a stream filled with trout and plant fruit trees all along the banks. Take all the former human residents and buildings out past Aurora. Taking them to Kansas border would be even better.

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