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As serviceberries and chokecherries around Steamboat Springs ripen, encounters with black bears are becoming a more common occurrence.

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Black bears edge closer to Steamboat for berries

More encounters reported as animals look to town and people for food

Ripe serviceberries and chokecherries around Steamboat Springs are drawing black bears in from the wilderness, keeping Division of Wildlife officers and homeowners busy this summer deterring, and sometimes killing, nuisance bears.

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