“Please scare the bears”

That is the message state wildlife officials are sending residents of Colorado communities besieged by hungry black bears with a taste for fresh-baked pies and other fattening human fare.A black bear roams a street in downtown Aspen, Colo., last month, hunting for food. In Aspen, the hardest-hit town, police have received more than 460 calls for help dealing with bears since July 1, including 15 during one 24-hour period last week. Wildlife officials say the bears are not only comfortable with humans, but are also teaching their cubs to scavenge for fried chicken and candy instead of acorns and berries.
By Stephanie Simon and Chris Herring, Sept 2. 2009, WSJ

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A black bear in a tree in Aspen’s downtown Hyman St. Mall, Aspen Daily News, 8/27/09

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A black bear roams a street in downtown Aspen, Colo., last month, hunting for food, WSJ 9/209