Bears in the ‘Burbs

Essay by Monique Cole

Wildlife – January 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine

A RECENT LOCKDOWN at my daughters’ elementary school in Boulder brought horrific images to mind. But it was no big deal: merely a bear seen near the playground. Ironically, an outdoors program was under way, complete with kayak pool, climbing wall and mountain-bike course. The lockdown is typical of how wildlife interactions can so often become over-reactions.

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