Bear encounters down |

Bear encounters down

Aspen Times Staff

As the rain fell this summer, so did the number of encounters between humans and bears in the Aspen area, according to state wildlife officials.The ample rainfall starting in mid-July produced a prolific service berry crop, according to Kevin Wright, Colorado Division of Wildlife officer for the Aspen district. Acorns, which are the main source of fall food for black bears, also appear abundant, he said.So the availability of prolific foods means bears haven’t come knocking at homes in and around Aspen as often as they have over the last decade.”If you’re standing in the middle of a convenience store you don’t need to go to town for food,” said wildlife division spokesman Randy Hampton.Wright said the number of calls for bear-human encounters that he has responded to has dropped to almost nothing in the last month or so.

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