GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Wildlife officials say our great wet weather has created enough natural food for bears this year as we head into fall; but campers should still take precautions to avoid a run in.
Compared to years past, 2013 has been a wet one for Western Colorado, and more moisture means more available food in the high country.
Despite that, you can't let your guard down when it comes to being bear aware.
"Don't sleep in the same clothes that you've cooked in that night, make sure you're keeping a clean campsite," says Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, Mike Porras. "Follow rules and regulations and recommendations to avoid increasing these potential for conflicts."
Careless campers toss leftover scraps into the bushes to avoid carting out trash, but just because you can't see a food supply, doesn't mean a bear can't smell it.
"A bear's nose does know that it's there and so those types of things can actually draw them in," says campground host, Calvin Wilken. "Be very careful with what you're introducing into their environment. Don't bring your stuff in and leave it behind. Take it home, bring it with you."
If you do come in contact with a bear, experts say the best thing you can do is back away slowly while speaking softly to it and try not to show fear.
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