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Vail Valley urged to be aware of bears

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoBears are feeding heavily this time of year in Colorado's Vail Valley

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Bears are feeding heavily this time of year in Colorado’s Vail Valley and will continue to do so until late fall. Eagle County officials are therefore urging residents to avoid behaviors that could result in bears being euthanized.

All residents should take care of their trash and other food that can attract bears, such as dirty barbecue grills and bird feeders.

Residents in unincorporated areas of Eagle County subject to the county’s wildlife ordinance must use wildlife-resistant trash containers. Residents may only place trash containers out on the morning of trash day and bring them inside before nightfall. Some county towns have the similar laws.

Once a bear becomes accustomed to feeding on trash, it will continue to come back for more and may attempt to enter homes through open windows or doors. If Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are unable to successfully relocate a problem bear, or if a bear enters a home, it will be euthanized.

Residents who encounter an aggressive bear should contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or the Division of Wildlife at 970-947-2920.

Eagle County’s code enforcement is actively enforcing the county ordinance. If a non-compliant trash container is observed, the homeowner or occupant will receive a notice of violation and may be subject to fines. Further information regarding the county’s wildlife ordinance is available at

In addition to obtaining compliant trash cans, residents should are urged to follow the Division of Wildlife’s recommendations regarding living with bears, available at

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