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Posted on September 02 2010, 11:37am by Mark Esper in Local News category
As many as 8 animals raiding downtown for nightly snacks.
A bear is pictured in Hillside Cemetery in this Silverton Standard file photo.
As many as eight different bears have been reported wandering into downtown Silverton at night, leaving a path of “devastated Dumpsters,” according to San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy Bruce Conrad.
“As the temperatures start to head toward fall, our large furry neighbors are spending more time in town in an attempt to bulk up for their winter hibernation,” Conrad said.
He said the sightings have come as early as 10:30 p.m., and he advised residents and visitors to be on the lookout.
“Caution should be used when out and about in the evenings,” Conrad said. “Make some noise and take the corners a little wider to avoid a too-close-for-comfort encounter,” Conrad said.
He added that the town’s many canines, while disturbing to some, are also “a primitive type of alarm system,” often telling of a bear’s location. 
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Bill on September 03 2010, 2:08pm
leaving a path of “devastated Dumpsters,” according to San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy
I didn't think anyone in town had a dumpster anymore.
Thanks Brian