Increased bear activity is ramping up in Boulder as bears started coming out of hibernation last month. Officials have already begun the lockdown of trash cans and other potential food receptacles to prevent bears from coming into human populated areas.

Bears that come into town and find food are more likely to return, putting them at risk of being killed by vehicles or consuming harmful chemicals or materials. Staying in town also poses the risk of bears losing their natural fear of people, which could force wildlife officers to euthanize the animals to protect public safety.

There has been an increase in bear activity east of Broadway, and residents in this area are being encouraged to contact their trash haulers for bear resistant carts if they do not have one already to bring down the number of bears in the area.

Boulder residents also need to keep in mind other potential food that may attract bears, such as bird feeders, dog and cat food, fruit trees, and any livestock that people may have. There has been an uptick in bears attacking livestock in recent years, so it is especially important to keep livestock in secure spaces.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.