Colorado’s Bears Are Waking Up From Hibernation

<p>(Courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife)</p>
<p>A Colorado black bear roaming the mountains.</p>
Photo: Colorado black bear 2
A Colorado black bear roaming the mountains.

Last week, Boulder police got their first bear-related call about an animal perched in a tree. Larry Rogstad with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says residents in bear-prone areas should make an effort to lock-down trash and other potential food sources.

“It needs to be covered up in an unsmellable container so that the bear won’t pick up on it," Rogstad said. "Then hopefully the bear will not be coming and visiting you and causing you some problems."

Some communities like Boulder and Estes Park have adopted efforts this year to require residents to use bear-proof trash containers.