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No picnic for Yogi

Aspen Times writer

The bear pictured at left was trapped Sunday at a Red Mountain home. It is one of a number of bears sighted and captured in the area recently. The trap was set at a home on Hunter Creek Road after a different bear – known among Red Mountain residents as “Dr. Aspen” in honor of his wily, evasive ways – tore a hole in the side of the house.Darren Chacon, the Division of Wildlife manager who handled the call, said he was not sure what will be done with the bear pictured here. Chacon used a garden hose to cool the bear off, spraying it through the hole in the trap.Chacon said the DOW is having trouble relocating bears into the backcountry simply because there are so many of them rummaging through neighborhoods. Nor are the bears cooperating with the DOW’s relocation efforts. One bear that was relocated to the Roan Plateau reportedly returned to the Aspen area just three days after being relocated. A female bear was trapped and tagged on Red Mountain by Division of Wildlife officials on Saturday and relocated to Mesa County. If she is caught feeding on garbage again, she will be euthanized, according to a DOW official.The number of bear calls in the Aspen area remained high over the weekend, according to Jeff Lumsden, patrol director with the Pitkin County sheriff’s office.”It was pretty constant and consistent, there was no real change,” Lumsden said. “This entire valley is getting hammered.”


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