Bear awakens Hot Sulphur residents |

Bear awakens Hot Sulphur residents

This may go into the books as the summer of the bear in Grand County.

The latest bruin on the loose was reported in Hot Sulphur Springs on Saturday, July 11.

At 2 a.m., a resident reported a “small black bear walking down the street pushing over trash cans and waking people up,” according the Grand County Dispatch call log.

The second incident occurred on Saturday as well, but into the night at about 9:30 p.m. A different resident called authorities about a bear getting into her trash. She told officers the bear had initially resisted attempts to scare it away.

Sheriff Rod Johnson said neither case required a report because the animals were gone by the time officers arrived.

In mid-June, police and wildlife officers treed a small bear in Granby’s Kaibab Park until it decided to leave on its own. A few days later, a family a few miles northwest of Granby reported that a small bear spent about 10 minutes in their mudroom after entering through a dog door.

At the time, wildlife officials said the animals might have been looking for food in town because their normal food supply – berries – had not yet ripened due to the abundant spring rains.

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