The recent rash of photos of bears in the Steamboat Today — sitting in an open Dumpster, batting at a hummingbird feeder, falling out of a tree while tranquilized — is alarming and very sad.
Our community is doing a disgraceful job at living in harmony with our wildlife. Police and wildlife officials can’t be everywhere. It is our responsibility to obey city ordinances and to use common sense. Secure your trash properly. Bring in bird feeders at night. Our carelessness is directly responsible for creating nuisance bears. They pay the ultimate price for our thoughtless behavior.
Come on, Steamboat. We must do better for the bears.