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