UPDATE: The bear turned out to be sick so Colorado Parks and Wildlife euthanized it. The original story continues below.
DENVER (KDVR) — A woman said a live bear became another Halloween decoration at her home in Steamboat Springs Saturday afternoon.
She said the bear was taking an afternoon nap in the front yard when the homeowners came home.
“We honked and yelled and it didn’t matter. He isn’t moving fast,” Shannon Lukens told FOX31.
Lukens said the bear was acting lackadaisical and groggy, so they left him alone to get some shuteye.
“He is sound asleep at the side of the house right now,” Lukens told FOX31 in an email Saturday afternoon. “We’ll just let him have his nap and hopefully, he’ll find a better place to hibernate, soon.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife told FOX31 that officers had been notified about the bear previously and euthanized it Saturday because it was sick. CPW did not specify what the sickness was.
Be ‘bear aware’
Keep bears out of the house with CPW’s bear-proofing tips:
- Close and lock doors and windows
- Bearproof trash cans
- Guard windows with bars
- Keep garage doors closed
- Have an “unwelcome” mat
- Keep car doors and windows closed and locked
- Remove tree limbs near decks and windows
- Install round door handles
- Play talk radio when you leave home to deter bears
CPW said storing food, dog food or bird feed in the garage can also attract bears. It also said anything with an odor in cars or garages can attract bears, including (but not limited to) scented candles, air fresheners, soaps, lotions and lip balms.
If a bear comes near your home, CPW said you can scare it away with a firm yell and loud noises like clapping hands, banging pots and pans or air horns. If a bear enters your home, make sure it can get out the same way it got in.
If the bear won’t leave, call your local CPW office or, if it presents an immediate threat, call 911.