As summer starts to wind down and fall approaches, hungry black bears are on the move.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding residents and visitors to be mindful of bears in Colorado as they prepare for winter hibernation.

Bears are especially hungry this time of the year. During a feeding frenzy phase called hyperphagia, bears go from feeding 2 to 4 hours a day to 20 or more hours a day in an attempt to consume up to 20,000 calories daily and pack on the pounds for winter hibernation. That’s nearly 6,700 french fries a day or 70 slices of pizza!

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, bears can smell food up to 5 miles away. It’s important to take extra steps to keep bears wild and prevent them from accessing human foods in the first place.

Please remember to be “bear aware” in Colorado. Never store food or scented items in tents or vehicles. Close and lock all bear-accessible windows and doors, especially when you leave the house or go to sleep at night. Store trash and recyclables in a locked garage or shed. Clean grills and bring all pet food indoors. For more tips of living safely in bear country, click here.

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