Scavenging for Food

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The Grand Valley has been having some unexpected visitors lately.

Black Bears are hungry and they are coming into the valley to find food. The hot and dry conditions of the season has made it tough for natural food sources to be enough for the bears. Western Colorado mostly has Black Bears that are not aggressive, but remember not to feed or approach them.

Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeing a large increase of bear sightings in the area. Spokesperson Randy Hampton says D.O.W. has already received 30 reports of bears in the area this year, which is a large increase from the two calls received last year.

During the fall bears consume 20,000 calories a day to get ready for winter, and officials say that if the weather continues like this, we will be seeing a lot more of them in the coming months.

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