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Waterton Canyon closed until further notice due to bears
8/29/2015
Credit:
The Denver Post
"We're going to have to wait and see when the bears move on," said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Public recreation in popular Waterton Canyon, in the foothills southwest of Denver, was shut down Friday after a bear chased a bicyclist.

No one was injured in the encounter.

Still, Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided collectively to close the canyon to the public as a safety precaution.

"With the increased bear activity and high volume of visitors to the canyon, the decision to close Waterton Canyon was made to reduce the likelihood of a negative encounter from occurring," said Melanie Kaknes, district wildlife manager, in a media release.


A female bear was tranquilized by wildlife officials after she was spotted wandering through a neighborhood in west Arvada on Thursday morning.
A female bear was tranquilized by wildlife officials after she was spotted wandering through a neighborhood in west Arvada on Thursday morning. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Wildlife officials said two sows, each with twin cubs, and other bears are currently foraging in the canyon.

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-954-1223, ehernandez@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ehernandez