Neighbors warned after man meets bear |

Neighbors warned after man meets bear

Matt Zalaznick
Special to the Daily/Kelley CoxA mama bear with one of her two cubs hangs out in a tree on Polo Drive in Glenwood Springs recently.

AVON – Several of an Avon man’s neighbors were warned by police after he and his dog startled a bear outside a mountainside townhouse complex. Two of those neighbors later got tickets, and now face potentially hefty fines, for allegedly violating a town law that restricts residents to putting garbage out only on trash-pickup days, Avon police Officer Stephen Hodges said. Bear-resistant trash cans can be put outside the day before, Hodges said.

“We had a guy walking his dog and came around the corner of the townhouses … and there was a bear there and the bear was as frightened as the man and his dog,” Hodges said. The bear ran over the dog and bumped into the man while running away. The man, Chris Hurley, could not be reached for comment. When police were called to the scene, residents in 10 of the complex’s 12 units – all of which have garages – were warned about improper trash storage, Hodges said. Once warned, residents have 12 hours to bring their trash inside.

Hodges returned to the townhomes a week later and ticketed the residents of two townhouses whom he had their garbage outside and not in a bear-resistant garbage can. Those ticketed will have to appear in court and face up to $900 in fines, Hodges said. “Only tickets we’ve written are in places where bears have been,” Hodges said. The law also requires trash be taken back inside by midnight of trash day. Residents with questions about Avon’s trash law call can Office Stephen Hodges at 748-4018.

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