On The Bear Beat In Aspen


“The moment a bear is rewarded by figuring out there’s food in these funny boxes we live in, you can’t build a door or a window that will keep him out,” says Colorado Department of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. It’s been a bear-filled summer in the Centennial State: Since July, Aspen alone has received over 400 calls from citizens who have spotted the animals nearby. This video, from Denver Fox affiliate KDVR, is kind of amazing. The bears are everywhere. And they’re growing smarter by the minute. Unlike the journalists who cover them, who have been inspired to utter such profundities as: “Aspen has become a zoo without walls. Admission my be free for most… but some bears will pay with their lives,” and, yes, “What’s up with all those bears?”