Aspen is centered in prime bear habitat, and therefore, the Aspen Police Department frequently is summoned to situations involving bears. Bears are wild animals and are unpredictable. While they prefer to avoid human contact, many bears have become habituated to spending some of their time within the confines of the City of Aspen. Habituated bears will enter urban areas in search of human food sources and a caloric meal, it is common to have bears in the middle of downtown Aspen during both day and night. Bears are a key component to Aspen’s environment, and it is up to us to take the appropriate precautions to keep them safe.
Removing in-town attractants is the most efficient way to reduce bear activity in town. To better secure attractants, the Aspen Police Department is working with cooperating agencies and businesses on education, prevention, and enforcement.
There are many things that humans can do to reduce interactions with our neigh-bears by being bear aware.