Bears are about to get very active in Colorado as they search for food before hibernating this winter. At this time, they’re likely to forage for human food, trash and fruit trees in urban areas. Their instinct to eat can overcome any fear of humans.
They can sniff out potential food sources as much as five miles away. Barbeque grills, unsecured trash and pet food can lure them into cities. They have been able to open car doors when searching for food.
Manitou Springs has a strict policy about wildlife-resistant trash receptacles. Information: www.manitouspringsgov.com/437/Garbage-Refuse.