Seen any bears lately? Wildlife officers say this will be a tough fall for them, as they struggle to bulk up for hibernation, chowing down 20,000 to 25,000 calories a day. They're looking for those yummy berries we were talking about last week.
Officers have killed at least six bears around Aspen that had become too attached to people's garbage cans and kitchen fridges.
First offenders are captured and taken into the wilds for release. Officers even give them a shot of "aversive conditioning" - blasts of rubber pellets to the butt. That's still not enough for most of the bears. They're just too hungry and locked in survival mode.
The Denver Post has a story today -- www.denverpost.com/ci_6703409 -- about the struggle for the bears to keep up with their eating and the struggle of officers to keep up with bear removal.