The Colorado Division of Wildlife has issued an alert that there may be an increase in human-bear conflicts. Bears foraging in preparation for surviving the winter have been entering populated areas in search of food. Natural food supplies, like nuts, berries, and flowering plants have been scarce this year due to a combination of hard freezes late in the year, and dry summer conditions. The most important action you can take is preventing bears from eating human food. According to the DOW, bears that eat human food and become conditioned to it are the same bears that become dangerous and aggressive toward people. For tips on keeping food out of reach, guidelines on bear encounters, and general information on bears check out the Living with Wildlife in Bear Country website.

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