Bears May Add Scare To Douglas County Trick Or Treating

Douglas County officials are warning local trick-or-treaters to be very wary if they see another Halloween goodie-hunter that looks like a bear. It could be the real thing.

Bear sightings have more than quadrupled this summer after a dry winter sent the animals teeming out of the woods and into populated areas in search of water and food.

Marcy De Rose saw a bear at a Douglas County park last week.

She is concerned that since her neighborhood near the high school is
popular with trick-or-treaters, it may be a dangerous lure to the brazen bears.

She says she's not going to encourage kids because the smell of candy will attract the bear.

Douglas County Sheriff's Sergeant Tom Mezzetta agreed that bears may be attracted by the scent of a child's trick-or-treat bag.

If the worst happens, he says stay with others and at least try to look calm while retreating slowly.

He says not to throw a trick-or-treat bag at a bear, but dropping it may make a retreat easier, while giving the bear something to think about.