Nov 12, 2011 1:55 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Bear, 2 cubs killed by Colorado wildlife officers

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A bear and her two cubs were killed this week near Grand Junction by Colorado wildlife authorities after the bears became a nuisance.

The (Grand Junction) Sentinel reports that the bears were killed after eating from garbage cans from Aspen to the Grand Junction area. Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said the bears were killed near Interstate 70 on Tuesday.

Porras says that wildlife officers "hate doing this" but have no choice but to put down bears that become too comfortable around people. Porras renewed his agency's call for people to secure their garbage, especially in the weeks just before bears begin

This time of year, bears need to put on about 20,000 calories a day - the equivalent of 70 Big Macs from McDonald's.

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