Aspen area may shut more doors to bears

ASPEN — Bear-friendly doorknobs could be out in the Aspen area.

The county commissioners have given preliminary approval to a ban on lever-style door handles on new or remodeled homes. Bears looking for food can hit the levers and open the door but have a much harder time with round doorknobs.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife asked Pitkin County to require more bear-resistant doorknobs to try to reduce the bear-human conflicts in the area, which is prime black bear habitat. Bears take advantage of open doors and windows to rummage through houses in search of goodies.

Wildlife officers killed 20 bears in the Aspen area last year after the animals broke into houses or had other clashes with people.


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