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Caution with Wildlife

As the seasons change in Aspen we tend to see more wildlife walking around our streets and neighborhoods. Due to the recent number of bear and mountain lion attacks we would like to advise parents and sitters to be cautious when entertaining children outside. There should always be an adult present when children are out playing in case of an emergency but also to keep an eye on the surroundings. Yes, even in your own backyard.

CPW Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita said: “In Pitkin County, every single night there are reports of bears in occupied homes, or attempting to break into homes or cars, in dumpsters, in downtown areas, alleys and backyards, the middle of the street, in trees, porches, breaking into businesses, approaching people, and so on. This is extremely worrisome.”

Some tips provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife are:

  1. Don’t feed any wildlife. It attracts lion prey like foxes, raccoons and deer. Predators follow prey

  2. Closely supervise children whenever they play outdoors. Make sure children are inside before dusk and not outside before dawn. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one

  3. Landscape or remove vegetation to eliminate hiding places for lions, especially around children’s play areas. Make it difficult for lions to approach unseen

  4. When you walk or hike in mountain lion country, go in groups and make plenty of noise to reduce your chances of surprising a lion. A sturdy walking stick can ward off a lion. Make sure children are close to you and within your sight at all times. Talk with children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one

You can find more safety tips and what to do when confronted with an animal in the wild at:

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