Pitkin Co. officers busy answering bear calls

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) - Officers in Pitkin County office had a busy weekend, but it wasn't the usual scofflaws that had them hopping.

Pitkin County Sheriff's Patrol Director Ann Stephenson says ``It was nothing but bear calls.'' Black bears are running out of their usual food because of a late freeze and their late-summer food sources haven't ripened yet.

Officers found a mother bear standing outside a home looking in the window as her two cubs raided the refrigerator. In another call, a man went downstairs to see why his dogs were barking and found himself standing next to a bear. The bear turned and went out the door.

Pitkin County and Aspen require bear-proof trash bins to discourage the animals from prowling around for handouts.

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