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June 11, 2013 > Steamboat Springs' yearling opening car doors

Steamboat Springs' yearling opening car doors

Submitted By AP Wire Service

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Jun 06 - People in Steamboat Springs are being asked to lock their car doors to help save a young bear who's already learned how to open them.

Steamboat Springs Today (http://bit.ly/14j9Uix) reported Thursday that there have been multiple reports of bears getting into vehicles. At least some of them involve a yearling wildlife officials are trying to avoid trapping.

Recently, the young bear climbed through the open sliding window of a pickup truck to get food left inside. Then wildlife officials believe it returned a few days later to the same property and opened the doors of at least three vehicles in the driveway. It didn't find any food and only left a muddy footprint on a door.

District wildlife manager Danielle Domson said it's probably the first year the bear is foraging for food after likely learning some bad habits from its mother.

``This is most likely a bear we might have to trap, but we're trying to get people to be more responsible before we set a trap for it,'' she said.

Despite the problem with yearling, Domson said bear activity in the area is about average for this time of year.

There are at least six bears in town so far and one has had to be relocated after getting into Dumpsters and acting aggressively, she said. Last year, two bears had already been trapped and moved by this time.

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Information from: Steamboat Pilot & Today, http://steamboatpilot.com/

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