Winter Park wants citizen input about proposed bear ordinance |

Winter Park wants citizen input about proposed bear ordinance

Although it is only June, law enforcement officers in the Winter Park area are already experiencing a number of bear-related calls.

In order to obtain community input, the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department, in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, will host a town meeting about black bears and their impact on the Winter Park area.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Winter Park Town Hall. Snacks will be provided.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will first give a short presentation about the black bear, its habitat and how to avoid human-bear conflicts. Members of the police department will then seek the community’s input about a proposed ordinance for the town of Winter Park.

This ordinance, which is already being used “successfully” in several Colorado mountain communities, is designed to protect and maintain wildlife in order to minimize the risk of dangerous interaction between humans and wildlife.

Since officials are encouraging voluntarily compliance with the proposed standards, they are seeking the public’s input about the standards and any other possible solutions that would reduce wildlife-human conflicts.

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