Some new University of Colorado Boulder students got a different kind of orientation on Wednesday, as a bear dashed through campus during move-in.

The reminder of Boulder’s proximity to wildlife comes after a deadly weekend for bears, and just before a town hall to discuss bear activity on Monday.

The town hall meeting, which was scheduled by Colorado Parks and Wildlife before Wednesday’s campus visit, will take place at Foothills Elementary, 1001 Hawthorn Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

“The goal of the meeting is to provide the community with a perspective of how we work to mitigate human-bear issues, what the community can do to help save our bears, and answer questions the public has of the policies that we follow,” said CPW Northeast Region Manager Mark Leslie in a statement. “We all play a role in minimizing interactions with bears by establishing strong ‘Bear Aware’ habits that can help prevent conflicts. We look forward to an open discussion on this.”

In addition to general questions about bear policies and bear aware tips, the meeting will also give residents a chance to bring up specific concerns.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jason Clay said residents at a similar meeting brought up specific areas for bear concerns, which allowed officers to respond.

“There were a lot of great questions, and we could get into specifics because it was a more intimate situation,” Clay said.

As an example, Clay compared two incidents. In the first, he brought up the story of a man who was bitten by a bear in an open trash bin in Aspen. In the second, a bear in Lyons was caught on video trying to make off with a dumpster.

Clay noted the bear in Aspen will be killed when it was found, while the bear in Lyons lived to see another day.

“The only difference really was that (in Lyons) it was a bear-proof trashcan, and it was reported to us,” Clay said. “When we can get out ahead of a situation, maybe we can do some hazing. The more people let us know about this, the better we can do.”

Wildlife officials have already killed three bears this season in Boulder County, two of them over the weekend. Officials also have reported more activity in the eastern and southern parts of Boulder and in other parts of Boulder County this year.





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