Ripened berries draw bears to Steamboat Springs
September 2, 2009
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Aspen isn’t the only Colorado community seeing more of bears this summer.
People are reporting more encounters with bears in the Steamboat Springs area as the serviceberries and chokecherries, part of the animals’ natural fare, ripen.
Jim Haskins of the Colorado Division of Wildlife says officers have moved two yearlings from town and two cubs to a rehab center in Rifle.
Authorized trappers have killed at least three bears in Routt County and landowners protecting their livestock have killed four bears. A homeowner killed one near Hayden.
Wildlife officers have killed bears this summer in Aspen. Some of the animals have broken into homes and cars in search of food because the berries they eat ripened late and because people leave garbage and food around.