Colorado wildlife officers busy chasing bears

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Aspen, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officers are fielding numerous calls about bears behaving badly, especially in the central Colorado mountains where officers recently killed seven bears deemed threats to people.

Colorado Division of Wildlife Spokesman Randy Hampton says if the pace continues, this summer in Pitkin and Garfield Counties could rival 2007.

State wildlife officers killed 13 troublesome bears in Pitkin County in 2007. A late freeze and drought heavily damaged the animals' natural food sources - berries and acorns - and bears were finding food in trash bins and open homes.

Rainy, cooler weather has delayed the berry crop this summer.

Wildlife officials say some bears have also just become accustomed to human food.

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