Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* October 8 - Draconids Meteor Shower,
produces 10 meteors/hr, unusual shower in
that best viewing is in early evening instead of
early morning, runs annually Oct 6-10, peaks
the 8th, Meteors radiate from constellation
Draco but can appear anywhere in the sky.
* October 13 - Full Moon, occurs at 21:09
UTC, known by early Native American tribes
as the Full Hunters Moon, also known as the
Travel Moon and the Blood Moon.
* October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower,
average shower produces 20 meteors/hr, runs
annually Oct 2-Nov 7, peaks Oct 21-22, 2nd
quarter moon will block fainter meteors but
Orionids are fairly bright so could still be a
good show, Meteors radiate from constellation
Orion but can appear anywhere in the sky.
* November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower,
long-running minor shower produces 5-10
meteors/hr, runs annually Sep 7-Dec 10, peaks
Nov 5, 1st quarter moon sets shortly after
midnight leaving dark skies for good viewing,
Meteors radiate from constellation Taurus but
can appear anywhere in the sky.
* November 11 - Rare Transit of Mercury
Across the Sun, Viewers with telescopes and
approved solar filters can observe this rare
event, will not take place again until 2039, vis-
ible in all of S America, Central America, parts
of N America, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East
* November 12 - Full Moon, occurs at 13:36
UTC, known by early Native American tribes as
the Full Beaver Moon, also known as the Frosty
* November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor
Shower, average shower produces 15 mete-
ors/hr, runs annually Nov 6-30, peaks Nov 17-
18, 2nd quarter moon will block fainter mete-
ors, Meteors radiate from constellation Leo but
can appear anywhere in the sky.
* November 24 - Conjunction of Venus and
Jupiter, will be visible within 1.4 degrees of
each other in western skies just after sunset.
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human-bear interactions have been the direct
result of bears being conditioned to human food
sources when residents and businesses accept
bears getting into trash and don¡¯t take the steps
to secure waste nor call CPW when bears repeat-
Because most human-bear interactions are
preventable, CPW echoes the frustrations and
concerns of those who become upset when these
animals face consequences because of problems
people have caused.
Keeping communities safer and bears away from
attractants requires a partnership between CPW,
community businesses and residents making a
commitment to using dumpsters and trash cans
specifically designed to keep bears out. Though
often used with the best of intentions, modified
dumpster lids, raccoon-proof cans, and self-
rigged options are simply not sufficient to keep
bears out of trash.
¡°We become wildlife officers because of our love
for Colorado¡¯s wildlife, and putting down an
animal is one of the worst parts of our job,¡± said
Romatzke. ¡°It¡¯s frustrating, because we don¡¯t
want to see bears put down any more than our
residents do. But if people, or even our trash
companies, aren¡¯t putting in the effort to be Bear
Aware and help us out, these types of conflicts
will keep happening.¡±
CPW promotes Bear Aware principles all year
long, aiming to minimize interactions that put
both humans and bears at risk. Being ¡°Bear
Aware¡± includes easy-to-execute behaviors such
as securing trash cans and dumpsters, removing
bird feeders, closing garages, cleaning and lock-
ing your car and calling CPW when bears become
When Coloradans refuse to follow these common-
sense principles, bears become habituated to
seeking out meals from homes and populated ar-
eas. When bears are habituated, as in this case,
they often lose their instinctual fear of humans,
which can lead to increased risks to human health
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are tasked
with both managing wildlife and ensuring public
safety, but must always prioritize human health
Install extra-sturdy doors if you have a
freezer, refrigerator, pet food, birdseed, or other
attractants stored in your garage.
Remove any tree limbs that might provide
access to upper level decks and windows.
Replace exterior lever-style door handles with
good quality round door knobs that bears can¡¯t
pull or push open.
Get Rid of Attractants
Don¡¯t leave trash out overnight unless it¡¯s in
a bear-proof enclosure or container. Be sure to
research all local ordinances and regulations if
Clean your trash cans regularly.
Don¡¯t store food of any kind in an unlocked
garage, flimsy shed or on or under your deck.
Don¡¯t leave anything with an odor outside,
near open windows or in your vehicle, even if
you¡¯re home. That includes scented candles, air
fresheners, lip balms and lotions.
Clean-up thoroughly after picnics in the yard
or on the deck, cleaning your grills after each
use. Don¡¯t allow food odors to linger.
Only feed birds when bears are hibernating,
generally Nov. 15 - April 15. If you want to feed
Help protect Colorado¡¯s bears
by taking the following steps to
bear-proof homes and personal
Keep Bears Out
Close and lock all first floor
windows and doors when you
leave the house and at night be-
fore you go to bed.
Install sturdy grates or bars on
windows if you must leave them
Keep car doors and windows
closed and locked if you park out-
side. Make sure there¡¯s nothing
with an odor in your vehicle, in-
cluding candy, gum, air freshen-
ers, trash, lotions and lip balms.
Close and lock garage doors
and windows at night and when
you¡¯re not home; garage doors
should be down if you are in the
house but not outside.
birds when bears are active, bring in liquid or seed
feeders at night or when you leave the house.
If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets
too ripe. Don¡¯t allow fruit to rot on the ground.
Electric fences provide good protection for small
When camping do not leave coolers, food or
pots/pans out when you¡¯re not in camp. Place
them in a locked, hard-sided vehicle.
Teach Bears to Remain Wild
If a bear comes close to your home, scare it
away. Loud noises like a firm yell, clapping your
hands, banging on pots and pans or blowing an air
horn sends most bears running.
Utilize electric fencing, unwelcome mats and
scent deterrents like ammonia to teach bears that
your property is not bear-friendly.
If a bear enters your home, open doors and
windows and ensure it can leave the same way it
got in. Don¡¯t approach the bear or block escape
Never approach a bear. If a bear won¡¯t leave,
call your local CPW office or Colorado State Patrol.
If a bear presents an immediate threat to
human safety, call 911.