The Vail Police Department and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are reminding residents to be mindful of increased bear activity and to take measures to eliminate easy food sources so bears can co-exist with humans. Bear activity is now on the rise as bears have begun their pre-hibernation feeding frenzy during which excessive eating and drinking pushes bears to eat upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 calories a day.
Residents are reminded to avoid filling bird feeders and to be careful with disposal of food waste and other bear attractants. It is also important to keep outdoor BBQ grills clean and to keep all doors to homes and vehicles closed and locked. Large screen windows are vulnerable points of entry to homes and screen doors, even when closed and locked, are easily accessible by hungry bears.
Vail’s Wildlife Protection Ordinance requires that all residential waste be placed in a wildlife-resistant waste receptacle when not inside a residence and prohibits placing these receptacles out for collection before 6 a.m. on trash collection day. The waste receptacles must be removed from the collection area by 7 p.m. that evening. If you cannot keep your waste receptacles inside an enclosed structure throughout the week, such as in your garage, only fill the receptacle on the morning of trash collection day.
For additional information on the TOV’s wildlife ordinance, click here. For additional information on bears in Colorado, visit cpw.state.co.us/bears.
For questions about the town’s wildlife ordinance enforcement, contact Code Enforcement Officer Shawnie Mulligan at 970-479-2201, where you can also report any code violations to code enforcement.