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Jun 28, 2010 12:46 AM by John Romero

Bear season safety tips

Two bears ravaged a camp ground near The Broadmoor on Sunday afternoon. It's not quite what you may think. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo puts on this simulation to show what could happen if you don't take the proper precautions when out in the wilderness or even your back yard. The biggest mistake... leaving food out in the open. "If you live where bears are, they're going to sniff out that good stuff and come and get those easy calories." explains Zoo Keeper Rebecca Zwicker.

Something as simple as putting all food and food smelling clothes in your car when camping can make a big difference. Special containers found at outdoorsman stores can also help eliminate those tasty smells. "They're air tight. They hold in the smell and they're hard for bears to get into." says Zwicker

At the zoo these bears may look cute and cuddly, but when you see one in the wild, things can escalate fast. "We all know about mama bears and their cubs." explains Zwicker, "If you see a cub do not get in between the two of them. Just get out of the area and just let them be." That may seem a little scary but in most cases, these big boys are probably just as scared of you as you are them. "Definitely when you're out hiking you want to make a lot of noise." she says, "You don't want to surprise any wildlife, but that's a good way to make sure the bears stay clear."

 

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