Be prepared for bear season |

Be prepared for bear season

It’s that time of year when bears are preparing for winter hibernation. Some bears actively feed for 20 hours a day, ingesting as much as 20,000 calories. If natural foods are not readily available, bears will travel more than 60 miles to find other food – primarily your garbage.The Breckenridge Police Department has noticed an increase in the past week of bears coming to feed in local garbage cans. This is unhealthy for the bears, problematic for the community and could result in a ticket for the homeowner, according to the police department.Once bears know where to find a non-natural food source they will return again and again. Some things you can do to help keep the bears in the woods, and trash in the cans:– Keep your garbage secured inside until morning of trash pickup– Ensure you have a locking lid on any garbage stored outside — Ensure bird feeders and other sources of food are not bear-accessible– Keep your barbecue grill clean of any food debrisIn 2001, the town of Breckenridge passed an ordinance to help control wildlife and bears coming into town and foraging for food. The ordinance addressed placement and use of garbage cans and similar receptacles. All households are required to store garbage cans inside a home, garage, building or shed, unless their garbage can is equipped with a latching mechanism that will hold the lid securely to the can. Residents with questions about bears or who have a problem bear should call the Colorado Division of Wildlife at (970) 725-6200 or the Breckenridge Police Department (970) 453-2941.

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