Be bear aware; spring is here

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Spring is in full swing, and that means it's the season to be bear aware as black bears in the state are waking up from their winter sleep.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say it's important to put away food and trash when out camping or hiking. Bears look for places to find easy meals.

"Bears have excellent memories; once they learn that a campsite is a source for an easy meal, they'll keep coming back to other campsites. They'll keep looking for that easy source of food and that can put other campers at risk," says Mike Porras, Public Information Officer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Officials say there are three simple things to know when you see wildlife while out and about: Don't feed, don't approach and don't harass.

If you do come across a bear, don't take your eyes off it as you move away, and make loud noise.

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