Bears have been reported in Vail |

Bears have been reported in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Vail police have already responded to two bear calls this spring and are asking residents to make sure garbage is stored where the animals can’t get to it.

On April 9, one bear was spotted in the 3000 block of Lupine Drive on a resident’s porch and another was reported in the 4000 block of Bighorn Drive, where a resident said the bear had been to the house three times. Both of those homes are in East Vail.

Over the next few weeks, the Vail Police Department will be increasing enforcement of town garbage laws. Since 2007 all curbside trash customers in Vail have been required to use wildlife-resistant containers. In addition, commercial establishments, multi-family complexes and construction sites are required to use enclosures and/or wildlife-proof containers. Also, the placement of curbside containers is restricted to the assigned pick up day and only during daylight hours.

Vail saw an alarming increase in bear activity in 2009. The Vail Dispatch Center received 222 calls involving bears, compared to only 51 in 2008. This, in part, can be contributed to a wet spring in which food was not available to the bears in the wild. In 2009 the Vail Police Department issued 14 summonses and 152 warnings for wildlife related violations.

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