A male 30-pound black bear cub was killed when he was crushed by a falling dumpster Monday morning, September 9, in Jefferson County.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who released photographs of the tragic incident on Twitter, this is highly unusual. However, this serves as a good reminder that dumpsters should always be secured on solid and flat ground, where bears cannot get inside.
According to The Associated Press, it is believed that a larger mother bear caused the dumpster to tip.
Not only is human trash a major attractant that leads to the habituation of bears & increases human-bear conflicts, it is also deadly to our bears in many ways.
This morning in Jefferson County a male 30-pound cub was killed after a dumpster tipped over on it.
This is highly unusual, but it does go to show one of the many aspects of trouble when it comes to bears and human trash. Dumpsters should always be secured so a bear can’t get inside and placed on solid, flat ground where it does not present a danger to people or wildlife.
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) September 9, 2019
Please be “bear aware” and cautious about how you store and dispose of your trash. One careless act can lead to dangerous human-bear encounters or tragic accidents. Keep bears alive and wild in Colorado. For more tips on living safely among wildlife from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, click here.
Human-bear interactions are expected to skyrocket as bears start to spend more time looking for food prior to months of hibernation.
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