Colorado bear cub killed while trying to cross road for unsecured trash

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EVERGREEN, Colo. (KDVR) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers say a bear cub was killed while trying to cross the highway to get to unsecured trash, bird feeders and people intentionally feeding it.

CPW said the bear cub was hit while crossing Highway 73 between neighborhoods in Evergreen.

An examination of the cub’s stomach contents found it full of birdseed, cut up cantaloupe and human food waste, according to CPW.

CPW said bird feeders and trash left unsecured can kill bears. That is the proximate cause of this 20-pound cub’s death, something that is found with nearly every bear mortality in developed areas of the foothills west of Denver, according to CPW.

As a reminder, CPW says you should remove bird feeders, secure your trash, protect backyard livestock with electric fencing, and avoid feeding Colorado’s wildlife.

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