Famously dubbed the Rodeo Drive of the Rockies, Aspen, Colo., is home to gourmet restaurants, fine jewelry stores, luxury hotels and, for a few months in the summer, bears. “Once a bear gets into a human environment they quickly realize the fried chicken you or I had for dinner last night and may have put in the trash can is highly caloric,” said Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton.

Bears need nearly 20,000 calories a day to bulk up before hibernating and feed for 20 hours a day to get it.

Officials are now concerned that across Colorado too many wild bears have developed a tasted for human food and are getting used to people. They are now actively telling residents to be, literally, mean to the bears. Yell at them, throw rocks and if they charge you, stand up to them. “You want to be as big, as large as possible, and you always want to fight back with a black bear,” said Hampton. Black bears tend to be timid and are generally not aggressive.

“When they are utilizing our environment as their habitat in that manner, they are also very likely to defend that territory, ” said Hampton. “And so it can be a dangerous situation when bears get to the point where they are breaking into homes to get food.” In Aspen, three people this summer have been attacked in their own homes, including Maureen Hirsch. A bear came into her house through locked French doors.

From the bears POV the headline should read…Toni Colorado Town Overrun by tasty SNOBS!!!

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  2. Gary, the dangerous infidel says:

    Another way many Aspen residents keep their kids out of the reach of hungry bears is with jet-powered merry-go-rounds. The bears are often frightened by the fast-spinning young Aspenites, and quickly go in search of slower-moving children.

    I probably don’t have to mention that backyard play equipment like this can be very expensive, but Aspen residents seem to love their children enough to give them the very best.

  3. deowll says:

    A dozen or so big coon hounds and a few guys with paint ball guns loaded with hard rubber balls would convince them to haul butt out of town.

    Um maybe half a dozen big coon hounds. We want to run them off not kill them.

  4. Glenn E. says:

    As wealthy as Aspen is. And they can come up with alternative food sources for the bears. Far from town. No. Wait until the bears are starving. And descend on the populous. Then just advice scaring them away. Ha. How long before they don’t scare so easily? Reserve some land beyond town limits. And keep it well grown with what bears really ought to eat. Not fast food.


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