Too often, headlines talk about bear attacks on humans – whether in an outdoors recreational situation or, rarely, at a residence.
Recently, a 5-year-old girl was injured near Grand Junction when she wandered outside her home about 2:30 a.m.to investigate noises she thought might be her dog – only to encounter and be injured by a bear.
Wildlife officials hunted the bear and shot and killed it as it was about to enter a bear trap. Officials said it would be sent to a lab for examination.
It is one of the tragedies involving humans and bears, leaving many to wonder what could have been done to avoid the incident.
The Central Colorado Conservancy will present tips for prevention of human-bear conflicts during “Living with Bears,” a free program hosted by wildlife biologist Cindy Lawrence on Wednesday, May 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Periodic Brewing, 115 E. Seventh St., (upstairs) in Leadville.
Lawrence also will discuss black bear biology as well as the effects, consequences and reasons black bears are so susceptible to ever-emboldening interactions with people.
Participants may purchase their own drinks and food at the brewery and take them upstairs during the lecture.