Wildlife officials to host bear forum | AspenTimes.com

Wildlife officials to host bear forum

ASPEN ” Aspen-area residents can talk to state wildlife officers about the “bear problem” and the agency’s policies during a forum on Wednesday.

The session will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rio Grande Room of the former youth center in Aspen. It is free and open to the public.

The meeting was organized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Wildlife officers will present information about black bear biology, trash storage, the DOW’s policies regarding when to kill nuisance bears, and local trash ordinances.

More than a half-dozen Aspen-area bears have been killed by wildlife officers so far this year after the bruins broke into homes. A shortage of natural food supplies, like acorns and berries, have driven bears into town, where they’re scrounging around homes for food.

Wildlife officers plan to gauge interest in a Bear Aware Program at Wednesday’s meeting. If attendees are interested, volunteers will be recruited by the wildlife division to educate people about bear attractants such as trash, bird feeders and barbecue grills.

Volunteers could also be contacted by homeowners to help them assess their properties for bear attractants.

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