STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) – Two bears seen in Steamboat Springs were euthanized this month.
Local resident Mitch Globe took photos of a bear captured by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and video of another bear in his neighbor’s yard.
âComes up where you see it appear in the video, on that bridge,â Globe said.
Globe has lived in Steamboat Springs for almost four decades.
âThe steamboat has changed dramatically since I moved here,â he said.
He said there might be people who don’t know what to do or who need to be reminded how not to attract a bear.
âNo one here wants to see the wildlife straying away,â Globe said.
Bears aren’t much of a concern to Globe or her family.
âMainly because we have a dog and she’s a great early warning system. “
This early detection system is enough for him to avoid the beasts, but sightings have become more common.
âIn the last two years I would say more frequently,â he said.
âI went out for a walk and walked right past the holster and got to take this picture,â Globe said of the animal captured on Thursday.
This may be the last photo of this living animal. CPW confirmed the bear was shot because they say he lost his fear of humans.
The bear would have opened an unlocked sliding door and obtained his “reward”.
âI think everyone is somehow aware that they need to be more vigilant from a bear safety standpoint,â Globe said.
He said the issue was raised at his owners meeting, reminding neighbors new and old how to avoid wildlife encounters.
CPW said the bears will go where they smell food. Globe said it was a rule he followed.
âIf you’re cooking and your doors are open and there are bears outside, they’re going to try to get into your house,â Globe said.
CPW previously set up a bear trap that was set on Thursday and told FOX31 that a new trap would be set for this bear captured on video.
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