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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Bear Alert in Basalt

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BEAR ALERT IN BASALT! 

It’s that time of year again! Hungry bears have been spotted in and around the Town of Basalt! Due to conditions in the high country, bears have been seeking food wherever they can find it and teaching their young to do the same. We can expect to see bears in and around town now until the snow flies. 

The Town of Basalt passed an ordinance requiring local residents and businesses to bear-proof their trash, either by keeping it locked indoors until the morning of trash pick up, or by using bear-proof trash containers. Everyone is advised to bear-proof their environment. 

BEAR-PROOF YOUR HOME – PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

KEEP BEARS OUT OF TROUBLE

  • Do not leave trash out at night unless you have an approved bear-proof container. 
  • Bring all bird feeders inside, including seed & hummingbird feeders. 
  • Keep all pet food inside. 
  • Thoroughly clean the barbecue grill and be sure it is odor-free. 
  • Pick up all fruit on the ground or within reach. 
  • Keep compost piles clean and odor-free. 
  • Keep accessible windows and doors closed during the day, and locked at night. 

Although bears are 90% vegetarian and normally store and eat nuts, berries, fruit, plants and grasses, they will also eat insects and animal carcasses. According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), they rarely hunt and kill animals. But female bears with young cubs are fiercely protective. The CPW warns never to get between a mother and her young. 

Bears are creatures of habit, and will return again and again to any place where food is available. Bears that have encounters with humans and are deemed dangerous are tagged whenever possible. If a tagged bear repeats a crime, it is killed. 

Most conflicts are caused by humans baiting them with garbage and food odors that naturally attract the hungry animals.  This is entirely avoidable.  It is also against the law to feed the bears. 

Please help keep yourself and the bears safe and out of trouble. Bear-proof your home now 

Property owners/Vacation rental owners are responsible for the proper management and disposal of trash from their property.  

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