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Boulder Bear Coalition is Opposing House Bill 1220. Increasing Hunting is not a solution to human-bear conflict
A question from a concerned resident about why we need to harvest fruit in town:
Hi Brenda, I read your message about the bears, and I do appreciate very much that there is a concern about keeping them safe. The one big issue I have is removing the fruit from the fruit trees—-this is their natural food source that they rely on. The mountains don’t have that much fruit and they need to come down to the foothills to get their food source. If you remove that, you starve them! Trash cans are one thing, but removing the fruit is another. Instead of starving them, I would suggest teaching people how to cohabitate with them. Sincerely, Tracey
Subject: Bears in Town
Message: Please Help Protect Our Local Bears!
Black bears are coming into town looking for food. In the ________________ neighborhood there have been several sightings of __________(type, number of bears). Please do not give them a reason to come into town, where their chance of survival is greatly decreased. As the saying goes “A fed bear, is a dead bear.” It takes an active community to help protect the bears.
Trash is the number one reason that bears are in town. If you see a trash can that is overflowing, not latched properly or trash strewn across an alley, you can help by doing the following:
Download Inquire Boulder and report address using the app on your phone. This will go into an official database for the city officials to respond. It is super easy to use and will automatically connect gps coordinates with the location and photo. Most importantly this will create a record of the report. If this is not available, call code enforcement at 303 441-3333 with addresses of violators. This can be done anonymously.
Fruit is also an attractant for bears in town. What you can do to help reduce fruit as an attractant: We have joined efforts with 4 other nonprofits to help harvest fruit throughout Boulder. Contact Community Fruit Rescue to learn more!
We are all part of this amazing community of people and wildlife. It is only a couple of months a year that we need to really step up our efforts to take simple yet potentially life-saving steps to protect the bears. And we can’t do it without you. Talk to your neighbors! Inform, educate, share information on how we can protect Boulder’s wildlife. Contact Boulder Bear Coalition via FB or email with concerns, comments, addresses/photos (showing address/trash) for help supporting your efforts to protect our local bears!