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Jul 25, 2011 8:04 AM by Kate Richards

Higher number of bear encounters this season

Colorado wildlife officials say they have received a higher than normal number of calls about bears this summer.

People have reported bears entering homes, garages, sheds, tents and chicken coops.

Wildlife officials killed a bear that injured a teenage camper in his tent July 15 near Leadville. The bear had apparently ransacked a cooler outside a tent prior to the incident.

Wildlife manager Cory Chick says bears are foraging because this has been a below average, dry year for natural food for bears, including green vegetation and bugs.

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