ASPEN — Summer 2009 appears to be shaping up as the worst season on record — the DOW has had to kill 11 “problem” bears between Basalt and Aspen this summer. Officials are bracing for more aggressive bear behavior in the next two months as the animals prepare for hibernation. On Thursday, Sept. 10, a 69-year-old man was attacked in his home in the Meadowood subdivision after a bear entered through the front door. He was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital with superficial wounds to his face… The status quo clearly isn’t working, so the Colorado Division of Wildlife is going back to the drawing board for solutions to Aspen’s ongoing problem with hungry black bears.In recent years, the Aspen area has become ground zero for bears foraging for human food, which has put the Division of Wildlife in a frustrating position to find solutions. …What to do about it? And what’s next for the bears?
Carolyn Sackariason, Sept. 13, 2009, Aspen Times Magazine
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