Avon bear map wins award | VailDaily.com

Avon bear map wins award

Vail Daily staff report
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON – Jennie Koenig, the town of Avon’s GIS Analyst, was recently awarded best map for her bear sighting map at the ESRI’s Southwest Users Group Conference Map Gallery Contest in Pueblo, Colorado.-

The map was created along with Avon’s Police Department Code Enforcement Officer Matt Jamison and Krista Jaramillo, the department’s administrative services supervisor.

“The purpose of the map was to help improve the town of Avon’s wildlife ordinance by creating a visual representation of bear problem hot spots,” said Koenig.-

The map illustrates the location of bear calls received by the Avon Police Department from 2004 to 2009, and the number of incidents in each location. Colored bear paws are used to illustrate the location of each bear sighting.-

Information regarding Avon’s Wildlife Ordinance is provided on the map, which discusses problems such as proper trash storage, along with other variables such as a heavy snowfall years and food supply that may have affected bears (and other wildlife) behavior in a given year.-

For more information on this map, contact Jennie Koenig at jhursey@avon.org or 970-748-4072.-The map can be viewed at the Town of Avon Municipal Building at 1 Lake Street in Avon.

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