Originally Posted by justin.payne
I was told by a very reliable source that the September floods allowed the bear to become more hydrated before their hibernation. As they migrate over the continental divide they are releasing more urine in the areas above treeline. As the warm urine adversely reacts to the snow, escalating the snowmelt our end result is an earlier runoff. It has nothing to do with red dirt, dust, or warmer temperatures.
You are mostly correct. Bears eat beets (abundantly available from September floods). This is what increases their hydration level.
Far more concerning than the bear urine would be the increasingly disturbing level of magnesium chloride CDOT has placed on the roadside, flushing into main drainages and aggravating the trout. Angry trout lead to angry native Americans. Angry native Americans do the early-snow-melt dance. Kayaker screwed. It's science.
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