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General Information: Black bears are the smallest American bears, and the most common. They are the only bears found in the wild in Colorado.Black bears are usually nocturnal, but can be active during the day. Bears are strong, agile, and quick. They swim and climb trees well. A bear can run 30 miles per hour in short bursts.Bears eat a wide variety of foods. A partial list includes: grass, leaves, nuts, berries, buds, twigs, roots, corn, fruits, insects, plant sprouts, invertebrates, fish, carrion, fruit, succulent plants, eggs, birds, small mammals, and human garbage. Bears will dig up underground wasp nests to eat the insects, nest and all. They are extremely hungry when they emerge from their winter dormancy period in the spring and will often strip the bark off trees to eat the sugary cambium layer. The bears in the region do not hibernate all winter, but they do sleep away the harshest part of winter. Bears den in logs, beneath fallen trees, and in caves. Several days before entering the den, a bear consumes roughage, including leaves and bits of its own hair. These form a plug up to a foot long in the digestive system that is voided after the bear emerges from the den.

Bear Cubs: Black bear cubs stay with their mother for about a year and half, until she forces them away. While female offspring often continue to live in parts of their mother's feeding range until they reach adulthood, young males may travel great distances before establishing their own territories.

Damage Identification: Damage caused by black bears is quite diverse, ranging from trampling sweet corn fields and tearing up turf to destroying beehives and even (rarely) killing humans.We see them ripping through homes and tearing off hot tub covers often. Black bears are noted for nuisance problems such as scavenging in garbage cans, breaking in and demolishing the interiors of cabins and raiding camper’s campsites and food caches. Bears also become a nuisance when they forage in garbage dumps and landfills.Bears can cause extensive damage to trees, especially in second-growth forests,by feeding on the inner bark or by clawing off the bark to leave territorial markings. We see hot tub damage a lot because suntan lotion and drinks associated with being around them.

Damage Prevention and Control Methods:
Use heavy woven-wire or electric fences to exclude bears from apiaries, cabins, landfills, and other high-value properties.Store food in bear-proof structures or containers, or on elevated platforms.If you are interested in having us install exclusion barriers for you please contact us.

 

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