Arvada residents warned about bears wandering neighborhoods

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Three separate bear sightings in one Arvada neighborhood has the attention of residents. The Wildflower Ponds neighborhood near West 64th Avenue and Indiana Street is just 20 years old and has plenty of open space and water nearby.

At 4 a.m. Friday, Arvada Police issued a code red phone call to residents in the neighborhood. The message informed that two bears had been spotted in the neighborhood, and warned residents to stay aware and not feed the bears.

The presence of wildlife was not a surprise for residents in the neighborhood, but the type of wildlife was.

“Did somebody really see a bear?” resident Jon Lesko said.

Most neighbors we talked to enjoy seeing the wildlife.

“Being able to look out your back door and see it is really cool. It’s part of being in Colorado,” Lesko said.

But those with young children are being extra cautious.

“I was a little nervous since I have two kids and a puppy,” Jamie Moir said. “So I didn’t really venture out of the house today.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says bear sightings along the front range are up this year.

“We really feel like there needs to be a line between us and wildlife and we need to make that line clear,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said. “We can help govern that by scaring off animals, using noise makers, pots and pans, yelling, making it uncomfortable for them to be near us. That’s not bad for wildlife, it’s good for wildlife and public safety.”

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