LARKSPUR, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a bear destroyed the interior of a car last week, all for a bit of lip gloss.
It happened on April 22 at dawn. The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the bear broke into two vehicles that had no food or trash in them. One of the vehicles was destroyed inside and the bear was reportedly still inside when the resident noticed the damage.
“No food/garbage left inside, but there was lip gloss. The scent of her was enough to tempt the bear to take a look at her. Keep unwanted guests out of your cars by locking the doors and removing anything that smells,” said CPW,
CPW said anything from sunscreen to Chapstick to air freshener, and even lotion can attract a bear to your vehicle.
Bear activity has begun to increase across the state.
This is where bears have been reported:
- glenwood springs
- steamboat springs
- Colorado Springs
- Evergreen: 3 reports
- Gold: 1 report
- Larkspur: 2 reports
CPW said there have also been reports of bears in garbage and bird feeders.
How to protect your house from bears
Bear-proofing your home is not only important for your safety, but also to protect bears.
“Simple changes in human behavior can generate great benefits. If people keep their garbage and other potential food, such as canary seed and dog food, out of the reach of bears, they will not only protect their homes and property from bear damage, but they will also protect bears,” the Center said. National Wildlife Research. said biologist Dr. Stewart Breck.
- Keep garbage in a safe place.
- Just take out the garbage on the morning of collection.
- Clean trash cans regularly to keep them free of food odors – ammonia is effective.
- Use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster.
- Don’t leave pet food or livestock feed out.
- Bird feeders are a major source of conflict between bears and humans. Attract birds naturally with flowers and water baths
- Do not hang bird feeders from April 15 to November 15.
- Do not attract other wildlife by feeding them, such as deer, turkeys, or small mammals.
- Don’t let bears get comfortable in your house. If you see one, yell at it, throw things at it, make noise to scare it.
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the smell of spoiled food.
- Clean grill after each use.
- Clean up after picnics on the patio or deck.
- If you have fruit trees, don’t let the fruit rot on the ground.
- If you have small livestock, keep the animals in a completely covered enclosure. Build electric fences if possible.
- Do not store livestock feed outside, keep enclosures clean to minimize odors, and hang rags soaked in ammonia and/or Pine-Sol around the enclosure.
- If you have hives, install electric fences where allowed.
- Talk to your neighbors and children about being bear aware.
- Keep garage doors closed.
CPW has created the Human-Bear Conflict Reduction Community Grant to help protect both bears and people. The grant would provide funds to communities seeking to reduce human-bear conflict.
Applicants may apply before May 6 at 5 pm for grants between $50,000 and $500,000. To apply, visit the CPW website.
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