Sep 16, 2009 10:35 AM by Associated Press

Bears spotted in Colorado foothills, plains towns

Two more bear sightings have been reported in Colorado, this time on the plains of Weld County and near the foothills of Boulder County. Both of Tuesday's sightings involved a mother bear and two cubs. One was on a farm near Johnstown, 40 miles north of Denver, and the other was in a back yard in Boulder, 25 miles northwest of Denver.

Wildlife officers plan to leave the Weld County bears alone since they're in a rural area. They're leaving the Boulder bears alone for the time being in hopes they find their way to open space.

Bear-human confrontations have become a problem in Aspen, about 200 miles west of Boulder. Wildlife officers there have killed at least nine bears this summer because of aggressive behavior.


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