Bears in town looking for food | AspenTimes.com

Bears in town looking for food

A bear gets into a dumpster last summer in downtown Aspen.
Marc Mandelbaum/Special to The Aspen Times |

Area bears are awake, hungry and coming in to Aspen to look for food.

Aspen police received four calls about bears Tuesday, including one that broke a window in the bedroom of a house on 4th Street and tried to get in, Officer Dan Glidden said. A woman who was home at the time Tuesday night had recently been cooking and was able to scare off the bear, he said.

Two downtown restaurants also have had bear problems related to unsecured trash or trash areas, Glidden said. One had an unlocked trash compactor the bear was able to break into, while a bag of trash was left next to a compactor at the other restaurant, he said.

“This is just unacceptable,” Glidden said.

Both Hops Culture and Campo di Fiore received $250 tickets, he said. Managers at both restaurants declined to comment Wednesday.

Information about the other bear calls was not available Wednesday.

Glidden said spring rains have been good and that the animals should soon begin to find food in the mountains.

“The food supply for them should be terrific,” he said.

Meanwhile, camping at Weller Campground remains limited to hard-sided structures because of a bear that’s been seen around that area in recent days.

jauslander@aspentimes.com


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