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Tips to avoid a bad encounter with a bear

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Tips to avoid a bad encounter with a bear

SUMMIT COUNTY – Bears have been sighted recently around the county looking for meals in human trash.

“I think the best management tool to minimize bears coming through towns is education,” Kirk Oldham with Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) said. He reminds Summit County residents and visitors to follow the same practices CDOW advises year- round to keep bears and humans separated.

“We are up here in bear country,” Oldham said. “Bears may hibernate later in a drier year. We still should protect our trash (and take other precautions to prevent attracting bears) – we can’t get complacent about that.” Bears may be out foraging for food before they hibernate.

Follow these practices in any season to avoid attracting bears or other wildlife –

Trash cans

n Use bear-proof trash containers

n Store trash in a closed garage or shed

n Put out trash in the morning

n Wash trash containers regularly

Bird food

n Hang bird feeders at least 10 feet high on a wire between trees

n Bring feeders with seed in each night


n Clean outdoor grills of grease after each use

n Avoid making compost piles

n Don’t leave pet food outside

For more information, contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife at (970) 725-6200.

Leadville flight seminar

The Colorado Mountain College Leadville campus will host an FAA-sponsored flight safety program at 7 p.m. Sept. 4. Topics will include temporary flight restrictions, runway incursions and instrument flight training in the mountains.

Art Holveck, a flight instructor from Breckenridge, will be the featured speaker, with Todd Vangen, tower supervisor at Eagle County Airport, as special guest. The program will run for two hours. Meet in room 135 of building 100 at the Leadville campus. Call the Leadville Airport at (719) 486-2627 for more information.

Hockey golf fundraiser

Summit County Youth Hockey is holding a golf tournament to raise money for local youth hockey. The tournament will take place Sept. 18 at the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks. Cost is $500 per foursome. Lunch, gifts and prizes are included. The format will be a four-person scramble. Fax (970) 468-8149 or e-mail or send check to SCYH Golf, C/O Bruce Campbell, P.O. Box 2820, Dillon, CO 80435 to reserve a spot. One-hundred dollar hole sponsorships are also available.

SmokeFree fundraiser

is Sept. 24

The SmokeFree Summit organization will have a fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Ti Amo Ristorante in Frisco.

Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission includes a buffet including main course, salad and bread.

There will be a cash bar, live music and raffle times. For information, call Laurie Blackwell at the Summit Prevention Alliance, (970) 668-2077.

The Summit High School class of 1993 reunion is being planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Inn at Keystone. If you are or know a “93 graduate, please contact Jessica Lincoln-Lundberg at (719) 671-8396 for details.

The whereabouts of several graduates is unknown, and any help finding them would be appreciated. Time is running out.

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