Bear be­comes trapped in car

Of­fi­cials see­ing in­creased bear ac­tiv­ity in state

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Char­lie Bren­nan

A bear in­vaded the car of a home­owner out­side Ned­er­land on Fri­day morn­ing and be­came stuck there be­fore fi­nally be­ing re­leased, and wildlife of­fi­cials say it’s just one ex­am­ple of in­creased ac­tiv­ity by the an­i­mals in Boul­der County and else­where on Colorado’s Front Range.

“Right now we are hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant bear ac­tiv­ity through­out the area up into Estes Park, up in Boul­der County and on the west side of the city of Boul­der,” said Larry Rogstad, area wildlife man­ager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“We are deal­ing with mul­ti­ple bear calls ev­ery day right now, and be­cause of that, we are re­ally en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to be bear-aware and be bear­ap­pro­pri­ate, at their homes and at trail­heads and camp­sites.”

In Fri­day’s in­ci­dent, a bear gained en­try into an un­locked ve­hi­cle at a home on Forsythe Trail south of Mag­no­lia Road. It then ap­par­ently was un­able to fig­ure out how to get back out, un­til the car could be opened from the out­side, en­abling the bear to go on its way. No in­juries were re­ported in the in­ci­dent.

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