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A look at CPW bear trappers and how to be 'bear aware' in Southern Colorado

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With the warm, summer-like temperatures we're seeing in southern Colorado, bears are waking up and heading out to look for food.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tells News 5 that this time of year, it's not uncommon for their officers to be keeping tabs on bears near residential areas. That's why they say now is the time to be 'bear aware' and take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe.

The simplest measure you can take to keep bears away is making sure your trash is secured. CPW recommends bear proof trash cans, and making sure you don't put your trash out until the morning of pick up.

"Its like a smorgasbord for a bear to walk down the street and knock trash cans over and then we have a problem," said Corey Adler, District Wildlife Manager. "Bears are very very smart and remember where they can find food and they will come back every Monday or Tuesday when they know trash day is."

Another useful measure you can take is feeding your pets inside the house and keeping their food properly sealed. Taking down bird feeders is also a good preventative measure.

District Wildlife Managers spend their days responding to calls of bear sightings, educating the public on bear safety, and checking bear traps. If a bear makes multiple trips to an area that is in close proximity to humans, CPW steps in.

An officer's first step is to haze the bear. Hazing can include hitting the bear with bean bag rounds or even using a taser. CPW said this is usually effective in making the bear move on to another area. If a bear continues to come back after hazing, then CPW sets up a trap and will tag the bear. After two strikes, the bear is typically euthanized.

If you spot a bear, you should contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife immediately. You can find CPW's contact information, as well as other important numbers here.

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