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Face to face bear encounter caught on camera

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A close encounter with bears happened right out the back door of News 5, and it was all captured on security cameras. Interestingly, it happened the hours after notices were posted on doors of bear sightings in the area.

News 5’s studios back up to Ute Valley Park. Just as the late news ended video shows the bears coming out of the trees and wandering in the back parking lot. One of the cubs goes to a trash can right at the back door. “Even the remaining smells can attract them,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer, Corey Adler. There is little in it, still the cub tips it over and starts to dig. It gets the attention of the other two bears that hurry over to see if there is any food.

At the same time, just inside the door a News 5 photojournalist is about to head for home. He says he was on “autopilot.” He pushed the door open and was standing just feet from the three bears. "What you don't see in the security footage is that mom bear before it ran off to join the cubs,” said Photojournalist, Ryan Mutch, “It did take a bit of stamp on the ground. You know kind of a warning." Ryan back tracked, and the bears ran off.

The Division of Wildlife tells us they have received multiple calls about these bears. They are hearing about close encounters with other bears. With warmer weather bears are out and looking for food.

To protect people and protect the bears everyone needs to take measures to discourage them from looking for food around homes and businesses. That means securing garbage, dog food, and bird feeders. Also make sure garages and doors are secured at night.

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