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City launches bear education, enforcement program

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On the same day that the city of Boulder announced a new pilot program to deter bears, a bear made itself comfortable in a tree at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Williams Village housing complex.

Wildlife officials tranquilized the bear on April 26, it fell from the tree onto a thick crash pad, and it was expected to be returned to the wild.

The Urban Black Bear Education and Enforcement pilot program, which begins Saturday, April 28, is sponsored by the city and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It will target the neighborhood west of Ninth Street, north of Baseline Road and South of Arapahoe Ave. City staff and volunteers will be going door to door to provide residents with information about how to secure their trashcans and remove other bear attractants from their property. Increased enforcement of the trash regulations will begin in June.

A public open house to provide information and answer questions about the pilot program will be held on Monday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Flatirons Elementary School, 1150 Seventh St.

Residents are also being encouraged to participate in an online survey to help determine effective strategies to keep bears out of trash at 

Some tips for preventing human-bear conflicts include:

*Storing trash indoors or in a way that does not allow bears to scatter it. (This is required by city ordinance.)

*Storing birdfeeders indoors at night from April to November.

*Storing pet food inside.

*Keeping BBQ grills clean.

* Keeping garage and home doors closed.

For more information about the pilot program, contact Val Matheson of the City of Boulder Urban Wildlife at 303-441-3004.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also offers information on how to safely coexist with bears at

If you experience problems with bears or other wildlife, call the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333 or Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-291-7227.

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife, before it merged again with the State Parks, had a large number of volunteers who taught interested parties about "Bear Aware". The news media provide little, if any, coverage to that effort. But this new program they cover.



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