October is upon us and the weather is changing and becoming colder. As we change the oil in our snow blowers and get out our cold weather clothes, we must also take into account that a certain animal is preparing for hibernation. Yes, that is correct the bears are on the move. They are looking for a source of easy food to fatten up for their winter nap. Therefore, we need to be prepared and make our property bear safe.
The following are a few tips to help keep bears from coming onto your property
Do not feed bears or leave food out for bears.
Do not leave trash outside overnight unless it is in a bear proof container.
Keep your garage door closed when you are not outside if you keep trash or any other food storage in the garage.
Do not leave food in your car.
Bears can smell odors up to five miles away so keeping odors down or concealed is a benefit.
A large portion of Douglas County is a rural environment and is inhabited by bears. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reported sightings during the month of September in different neighborhoods throughout the county.
For further information of bears, bear proofing your home or property and what to do if you encounter a bear use the following links to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s website.
Larkspur, CO (2010): “At 3:28 this morning a neighbor called in a suspicious vehicle because a horn had been honking for 45 minutes. Deputies responded and discovered a bear in the car,” said Deputy Michelle Rademacher.
“I was in bed and my mom and dad came rushing in saying, ‘Did you lock your car today?’ I said ‘No.’ My dad’s like, ‘It’s gone.’ At that point I was freaking out, and he said, ‘It’s a bear. There is a bear trapped in the car,’” said the car’s owner.
“So this bear opened the door on his own. Somehow the door closed behind him. He panicked and started thrashing around, hit the shifter and put the car, took it out of park. It rolled back, down over the hill, and down into here, and stopped. The four way flashers were on. It’s like he knew what was going on, and kept hitting the horn.”
The owner told 7NEWS he had left a sandwich in the car and that may have attracted the big bear…