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Friday, September 14, 2012

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In response to the citizen concerns voiced recently at the public meeting hosted by Town Administrator Frank Lancaster and to the increasing number of bear - human confrontations being reported in the Estes Valley and throughout the State this summer, the Association for Responsible Development (ARD) has compiled a list of easy, common sense actions we all can take immediately to help keep the bears and citizens in our community safe, healthy and out of danger. As we all know, the most significant attraction, and the biggest problem, for our bears is unsecured foodstuffs, garbage/trash, and open windows. To help alleviate dangerous encounters, please: 1. Keep trash and garbage locked safely away, out of bears reach and smell. 2. Do not set out trash the night before pick up, put it at curbside the morning of pick up. 3. Do not leave lower level windows and doors open and unsecured at night. Note: It has been reported that spraying a trash bag or container with an ammonia solution helps deter bears and raccoons. Several businesses in Town use a chain or other device to lock large dumpsters closed at night. This approach has proven effective and costs little to implement.

Estes Park Citizens And Town Administrators Need To Work Together To Protect Bears From Open Garbage

If you notice trash and garbage left lying about or dumpsters overflowing there are a few simple steps you can take to help rectify the situation and keep temptation away from our bears and other wildlife. 1. Explain to your neighbors the dire consequences for our bears when they become habituated to feeding in bags and garbage receptacles. 2. Overflowing dumpsters which often contribute to bear issues can be reported to Waste Management, 970-586- 5740. The number for a container from Atlas is 970-214- 4892. You only need to provide the street address where the dumpster is located. They have been very cooperative and responsive in quickly resolving these problems. 3. If the problem exists at a vacation or rental property, the property management company needs to be notified. The Town Clerk, 970-577-4771 or 970-577- 4772, can provide the name and phone number of the management company. All you need to do is provide the address.

Baby Black Bear Shot And Killed

Distraught Mama Bear calling for her cub Photo by Shirley Barrow Rick Spowart, Wildlife Manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking any information on a little 20 pound black bear cub who was shot as she ran with her mother in the vicinity of 1750 Fish Creek Road on August 11. The cub was reported as being injured and wildlife officials sent to help thought the baby had possibly been hit by a car. After the baby bear crossed Fish Creek Road the injured cub tumbled into the creek and Spowart quickly scooped her out of the water, saving her from drowning yet sadly, the cub later died. A necropsy was performed and it was discovered the baby bear had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The mother of the cub stayed in the area calling to her missing baby for two weeks after the shooting. Information on this case is being sought and a $500 reward will be given for any information which leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the death of this baby bear. Call Rick Spowart at the Estes Park Police Dept. at 970-586-4000 or Operation Game Thief, toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT with any tips on this case.

Additional Reward Money Raised

Bears Are Us and others were shocked and saddened by the gruesome killing of a little 20 pound female black bear by a heartless poacher's bullet. Lab reports indicate the bullet ruptured her stomach and so it was not a quick death. As Colorado Parks and Wildlife tried to save the cub, witnesses said that the mother was calling for her baby while her cub was dying on Fish Creek Road. The cub struggled to answer her calls. After the cub's body was removed, the mother bear stayed in the area to search for her cub. A reward of $500 has been posted by Operation Game Thief for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher. Many caring individuals have contacted Bears Are Us and have donated a total of $800 in just three days! We are hoping other individuals will donate to help increase the reward to convict this dangerous poacher. Bears Are Us can be reached at 303-747- 2911 or wildlands@allenspark.com. 4. If you think the trash presents a health or safety problem, the address should be reported to the police, 970- 577-4000. The Estes Park Municipal Code, Chapter 08.04.040 (b) authorizes the Chief of Police to "immediately abate the nuisance in order to protect health, safety and welfare." Remember, unsecured garbage also attracts flies and rodents that can spread serious disease. This is not just a problem involving bears. ARD applauds the initiative taken by our Town Administrator in helping to alleviate the danger to our people and bear population and looks forward to future public meetings announcing the positive actions that will be taken by our Town. The Association for Responsible Development

Volunteers Needed To Help With Elk Rut

EP NEWS/ Hazelton Volunteers are needed to help out the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District around the 9 Hole Golf Course and Lake Estes Trail during the elk rut. Help is needed at various times throughout the week to assist with crowd control and keeping people a safe distance away from the animals during the rut season. Call Jaynie at 586-9427 by Saturday, September 22 to sign up if you are interested in helping out.

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