The exploits of bears dominated the headlines, as bear-human conflicts played out throughout the area in the summer of 2012.
A Crystal River Valley man controversially shot and killed a mother bear, in front of her two cubs, while she was sitting in a tree in his yard. The shooter claimed that his dog was in danger. He was later fined for unlawfully taking the bear.
Two more men were cited after illegally hunting bears at the Pitkin County landfill, an incident that appeared to lead to the landfill manager’s resignation. While it’s legal to hunt bears at the landfill, the men who were cited had engaged in that activity before the official season started and had no license to kill.
In August, a bear stoked panic when it ran through the crowded Saturday Farmers’ Market in downtown Aspen.
All further proof that Aspen has a lot to learn about living with bears.