From the Front Range to the Western Slope, our cherished Black Bears are waking and emerging from their winter hibernation. After not eating for months, they wake hungry and just about anything will do! Since Bears can smell a promising food source from miles away, it is up to us to prevent backyard scavenging and to direct their searches to natural sources. Left to their own devices, bears naturally gravitate to the areas with the best food. It is up to us as friends of nature to ensure that the best food is not leftover pizza or pizza boxes; pet food; pets; bird food; people food or food wrappers; compost; deli, grill or kitchen scraps and/or utensils.
Be Bear Aware! Living and working with nature takes just a little extra care and only a tiny bit of effort. Remember:
- Thoroughly clean picnic areas and burn off grills — Leave no scent, leave no trace.
- Bears like and can easily scent anything meat or sweet! Do not leave food, food wrappers or any potentially smelly food related items in your car.
- Never intentionally feed bears or other wildlife. It is illegal and potentially dangerous for both you and the animals.
- Diligently use Bear Safe dumpsters and recycling bins.
We welcome and appreciate ALL of our visitors – two and four-legged alike. It is up to us to be respectful of nature and to remember we are nature’s caretakers and guardians. Love the outdoors and all life in it — Be safe. Be conscientious. Be Bear Aware.
For more information on living with wildlife, please visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx