Aspen won’t suppress bear-luring apples, for now |

Aspen won’t suppress bear-luring apples, for now

ASPEN – Crab apples won’t be a forbidden fruit in downtown Aspen, at least for a while.

Officials considered spraying the blossoms on about 40 downtown crab apple trees this spring with a chemical that keeps them from bearing fruit because it sometimes attracts hungry bears.

City forester Chris Forman says the plan needed more research. He says the city will track bear encounters this year, and if they become a problem, the spraying plan could return next year.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife killed 20 troublesome bears in the Aspen area last year and relocated many others.

Wildlife officials blame most of the encounters on discarded food left in trash cans that bears can get into, but they say the crab apples are also a problem.

Information from: The Aspen Times,

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