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Hungry, thin bears breaking into homes in Aspen, Colorado
7/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Society & Public Health
Eagle County, CO
Lake County, CO
Pitkin County, CO
Aspen, CO

Start Date: 7/12/2017 -  
While chokecherries and service berries were not yet sprouting, hungry bears in the Aspen area to the upper Fryingpan River Valley were making do by raiding homes and trash cans in search of something edible, as hot, dry weather limited the bears’ food options. One trapped yearling was found to weigh just 35 pounds, when it ought to have tipped the scales at about 100 pounds. Aspen Daily News (Colo.), July 12, 2017