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Bear break-ins reported in Steamboat Springs

Matt Stensland

— Bear activity is picking up in the Steamboat Springs area, and they were especially mischievous Monday night.

There were reports of bears getting into or attempting to get into three homes in the area of Hilltop Parkway and Tamarack Drive.

"All of these have a common theme of windows or doors not being secured," said Christy Bubenheim, a customer service representative with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Steamboat.

Bubenheim said one resident reported a bear came through a kitchen window, left muddy footprints and tried to eat a cookbook.

At the second home, a bear knocked the box fan out of a main-level window and got partially into the home before it was scared away by the resident.

At the third home, a bear came through a kitchen door, ate some bread and spices and made a mess but was scared away easily by the resident.

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Bubenheim said there also were two bear reports in the county from Monday night.

On Routt County Road 46 north of Milner, a bear came in through a sliding glass door. In Yampa, it was suspected that a bear tore a screen off a bedroom window, but the bear did not get into the home.

Bubenheim said the bears are being attracted by the smell of food, and residents should secure windows and doors that can be accessed by bears.

"I'd rather be a little warm than have a bear in my house," Bubenheim said.

Bears also are attracted to bird feeders, and residents are urged to secure their trash.

Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said it was not clear whether a single bear was responsible for the break-ins in Steamboat, but a trap has been set.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland