- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officials are urging hunters to focus on areas near Aspen where bears have repeatedly raided campsites for food.

The Aspen Times reports (https://goo.gl/AstvNi ) state officials considered hiring professional hunters with U.S. Wildlife Services to kill bears that were raiding sites at Crater Lake near the Maroon Bells. But now that the annual bear hunting season is underway, state wildlife officers are instead urging hunters to focus on that area and the surrounding upper Roaring Fork Valley.

Kevin Wright, district wildlife manager for the Aspen area, says “there’s a lot of people out there that want to hunt bears. We’re hoping over time that can help.”

Hiring hunters with Wildlife Services isn’t unprecedented. The agency was enlisted in 2011 after bears injured campers in tents in two separate incidents in the Crater Lake area.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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