5 bears euthanized in Aspen area in past 2 weeks; residents reminded to lock up trash

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ASPEN, Colorado — Wildlife officials are reminding residents and business owners in the Aspen area to secure their trash containers after four black bear cubs and a sow were euthanized in the last two weeks.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1BUcZDy ) Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are searching for another sow that also will be euthanized if it's caught.

District wildlife ranger Kevin Wright says "it's all human-error related. It's trash, trash, trash."

Black bears need to eat about 20,000 calories a day this time of year to fatten up for their winter slumber.

Aspen is in wildlife area 8, which covers Pitkin, most of Eagle, and part of Garfield counties. Since July, 14 bears in the area have been relocated and 14 have been euthanized.

Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com

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