(Colorado Springs, CO) Bears have woken up from their winter slumber, and they are hungry. They are out foraging for food, typically feasting on grass, berries, nuts, and plants. When a bear finds a food source, it will repeatedly return to fill its belly.
Unfortunately, a bear recently found a food source at a home in southwest Colorado Springs. According to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) news release, a bear entered a Broadmoor-area home three times last week. During one encounter, the homeowner was present and had difficulty scaring the bear out of the kitchen despite yelling and banging on pots and pans.
Bears are typically wary of humans and will normally run away or climb a tree, but this bear did not. It knew the home was a food source and kept returning to it, creating a dangerous situation.
CPW set up a trail camera and found that the bear was returning to the house around the same time each evening. On Friday, May 5th, the bear entered a trap set by CPW officials, and the animal was humanely euthanized.
According to CPW policy, any bear that enters an occupied home is considered dangerous and must be euthanized.
The case is still under investigation, and the homeowner was cited for feeding big game, which is illegal in Colorado.
Colorado is home to amazing wildlife, and everyone must do their part to keep animals wild. In bear country, it is essential to secure trash, remove food from cars, and keep pet food inside to prevent easy access to these food sources.
With some planning and common sense, wildlife and humans can safely co-exist.