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Nature & Wildlife
2015 May
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
The Bears Are Awake
Time Again To Be Bear Aware
DURANGO: Colorado¡¯s bears have awoken from
their winter¡¯s nap and are again active through-
out the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges
state residents in bear country to make sure
they aren¡¯t providing any food attractants around
residences.
By following some simple steps, we can all pitch
in to avoid conflicts with Colorado¡¯s wildlife. Here
are some tips to help keep bears out of trouble
and away from your house:
* Keep garbage in
a well-secured
enclosure.
* Only put out
garbage on the
morning of pickup.
* Take down all
bird feeders - birds
don¡¯t need to be
fed during the
summer. Bird feed-
ers are a major
source of
bear/human con-
flicts.
* Attract birds naturally with flowers and water
baths.
* Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them
odor free.
* If you don¡¯t have secure storage, put items
that might become smelly into the freezer until
trash day.
* Don¡¯t leave pet food or stock feed outside.
* Never provide food for any wildlife.
* Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to
around your house or neighborhood.
For more information about avoiding conflicts
with bears and other wildlife, go to the Living
with Wildlife section on the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife website: wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpe-
cies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wild-
life go to: cpw.state.co.us
canines can be aggressive toward humans and
small animals.
Coyotes roam free in Colorado¡¯s abundant forests
and open-space areas and will not hesitate to at-
tack if they feel threatened, explained Rick Basa-
goitia, area wildlife manager in the San Luis Valley.
¡°We recently had a report from a woman near Cre-
stone that a coyote grabbed her pet Chihuahua,¡±
Basagoitia said. ¡°The woman was able to chase the
coyote off, but then it acted aggressively toward
her again the next day.¡±
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers these tips to
avoid interactions with coyotes:
* Never feed coyotes.
* Don¡¯t leave pet food outdoors.
* Never approach coyotes, and make sure
children know that, too.
* If your pets are left outside, make sure
they are kept in fully enclosed area.
* Never let your dog interact or play with
coyotes.
* If you see a coyote nearby, yell at it,
wave your arms and throw things to make
it feel unwelcome.
* When walking dogs, keep them leashed.
* If you know that there are coyotes in
the area where you walk your dog, carry a
stick, a deterrent spray and a noise maker
¨C such as a whistle.
* Attacks on humans are rare. If you¡¯re at-
tacked fight back.
* If coyotes wander into your neighbor-
hood, talk to neighbors and make sure the
area is not providing attractants.
¡°Coyotes are very hardy animals and they¡¯ll
always be around, so we need to learn how
to deter and avoid conflicts with them,¡±
Basagoitia said.
If your dog is attacked and bitten by a
coyote, you should call your veterinar-
ian immediately; you should also call the
Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment at 1.800.866.2759.
If you are having problems with coyotes
or other wildlife, please call your local
wildlife office. In the San Luis Valley, call
719.587.6902.
Living Amongst Coyotes
The mighty bear
the scent of rotting
food.
* Fully enclose back-
yard bee hives and
chicken coops. Electric
fencing is an effective
bear deterrent.
* Allow grills to burn
for a couple of min-
utes after cooking to
burn off grease and to
eliminate odors. Clean
grills and grease cup
after each use.
* Clean-up thoroughly
after picnics in the
yard or on the deck.
Don¡¯t allow food odors
to linger.
* If you have fruit
trees, pick fruit before
it gets too ripe. Don¡¯t
allow fruit to rot on
the ground.
* Keep garage doors
closed.
* Keep the bottom
floor windows of your
house closed when
you¡¯re not at home.
* Do not keep food or
used-food containers
in your vehicle.
* Lock vehicle doors
and roll up the win-
dows.
* Talk to your neigh-
bors and kids about
being bear aware.
Bears are constantly
on the move, so resi-
dents are reminded
that they only need to
file a report with Colo-
rado Parks and Wild-
life when an animal is
causing problems
Keep Watch On Pets In Coyote Country
As coyotes are looking for mates, for food and
protecting their young, Colorado Parks and
Wildlife reminds pet owners that the wild