White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
(Black bear spotted near the Incident Command Post at 6:30am on July 12, 2018- Picture: Donald Maxwell)The Lake Christine Fire has burned almost 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat since its ignition July 3rd. As a result, many species of wildlife have been displaced from their food sources and will be moving around more than normally. Many different species might be observed but one of immediate concern are black bears. One was recently observed along the fire line by fire fighters.
Bears are opportunists and will eat almost any food source that provides high calories. In the wild they eat many sources of high caloric foods that they can get in abundance. Acorns, berries, fruit, dead carcasses, and even young animals are included in their diets. As they seek new sources of forage bears displaced by the Lake Christine Fire will likely wander through town. If these bears find sources of human food and garbage, they will return, likely becoming habituated, and potentially a threat to human safety.
It is imperative that homeowners secure all food stuffs and garbage. In the event of discarded spoiled foods, please be sure those substances are secured until the day of removal by waste removal companies. Also, consider using electric fences, commonly used to keep pets contained, to protect ripening fruit.
For further information please consult the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at: CPW.state.co.us/learn/pages/livingwithwildlifewildbears.aspx