Craig resident Dixie Osmun spotted this black bear Sunday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park. Two bears were seen roaming the park's trails during the weekend.

Dixie Osmun/Courtesy

Craig resident Dixie Osmun spotted this black bear Sunday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park. Two bears were seen roaming the park's trails during the weekend.

Woman stumbles across black bear

Tips on being bear responsible

• Don't feed bears, and don't put food out for other wildlife that attracts bears.

• Make sure trash and bird feeders are sealed.

• Burn food off barbecue grills and clean after each use.

• Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.

• Don't leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.

• If you have fruit growing in your yard, pick it before it ripens and clean up fallen fruit.

• Talk to your neighbors about doing their part to be bear-responsible.

If you see a bear:

If a bear comes near your home, do your best to scare it away. Yell, blow a whistle, clap your hands and make other loud noises. Never approach or corner a bear.

For more information, see the DOW Web site at http://wildlife.s...>

Craig resident Dixie Osmun wasn't expecting it.

And why should she?

Osmun simply was spending time with friends Sunday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, minding her own business, taking some leisurely photos, when something caught her attention in the bushes.

A few seconds later, standing before her was a black bear.

Osmun didn't freeze, run or scream.

She did what she had come to the park to do.

She took a picture.

"There was actually two of them there yesterday" Sunday, Osmun said. "It didn't bother me. I probably should have been scared, but I wasn't.

"I was like, 'I've got to get a picture of this,' so I did."

The sighting of the two Black Bears was the first reported in a decade.

"I've been doing this for 30 years," said Mike Bauman, district wildlife manager for the Craig area. "And I've only heard of one bear in the Craig area and it was, I'm guessing, 10 years ago. You know, this is a very rare occasion."

Bauman said residents shouldn't "make much" of the sighting, and not to worry about possible bear attacks.

"As far as I know, they have never created an issue here," he said. "If there was going to be an area where they may come, they may drop into the area that has the best cover, that being the river bottom, and that's what happened the first go around.

"I'm assuming that it was just something that was in passing."

Black bears can be found throughout Colorado.

The average weight of an adult ranges from 200 to 600 pounds and their habitats range in an area of 500 to 600 square miles.

Black bears are classified as a carnivore, though most of their diet consists of vegetation, fruits, nuts and roots. Other favorite foods are fish.

Although it is named the black bear, the typical coloration is black to cinnamon with a white blaze on the chest.

The snout is tan or grizzled with a straight or slightly convex profile.

Comments

pathfinder2006 5 years, 6 months ago

My son seen a bear last week up by the skate park off of east victory.....could have been the same one? And it was in the middle of the nite

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selket42 5 years, 6 months ago

Well unless I am mistaken, the bear in the picture has already had at least one encounter with people somewhere....it appears to have been tagged. So somewhere in the bruins past it has been more than likely caught raiding trash cans and earned it "strike one". Hope it stays clear of trouble.

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JDR4 5 years, 6 months ago

Very, Very cool. What a lucky person to have such a peaceful run in, and be able to see this incredible creature in Craig. Another reminder of why this area is so attractive to not just people. The beautiful outdoors. Sometimes i think if it weren't for the wonderful location of our town, alot of us would have left or gone crazy(ier) along time ago.

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wyhammertime 5 years, 6 months ago

Watch your picnic baskets Yogi's in town ... That's pretty cool to get a photo like that !!

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