Hibernation interrupted, bear wanders Basalt

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) A bear wandering around Basalt doesn't seem to realize it's almost Christmas.

The bear, apparently disturbed during hibernation, has been seen around town lately, looking for food.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras told The Aspen Times that the bear could have been awoken by something natural or man-made and then likely began looking around for calories to remain awake.

Police have been getting calls from people worried about the bear. Porras is urging residents not to feed it and put away bird feeders and other possible sources of food.

Thirteen-year-old Annabelle Ward recently took a photo of the bear in her backyard last weekend. It's surrounded by pieces of plastic red snow sled it tore apart. It was spotted again on Wednesday.

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