Caution urged as bears emerge from hibernation |

Caution urged as bears emerge from hibernation

DENVER (AP) – Bears are waking up from their long winter naps and they’re hungry, so state wildlife officials are urging people to take steps to minimize conflicts with them.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says bears will look for food in garbage cans, backyard bird feeders and anywhere else they can find something to eat. Many communities require people to use bear-resistant garbage cans to discourage the animals from rummaging around.

Wildlife officers will relocate or kill bears that clash with people. Several were killed last year after busting into homes and injuring people.

The Wildlife Division says people should not keep pet food outdoors or put out bird feeders when bears are around.

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