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Keeping Bears Wild

The beautiful Colorado Black Bear population is almost fully awake with sixty percent of the collared Bears out’n’about foraging for food.  Bears are omnivores with a primarily vegetarian/vegan diet of grasses, forbs, berries, acorns and seeds. Bears also eat insects and fish, scavenge the occasional carcass, and prey on fawn, beaver, marmot, deer, elk and even domestic livestock or agricultural products.

 

Keeping Bears Wild is as vital for Bears as it is for people.   Bears that seek out human food resources are at a higher risk of mortality due to lethal removals by landowners or wildlife managers, vehicle collisions, electrocutions, and other factors. It is best for Bears to forage and to eat naturally occurring Bear food, not people food or waste which can also have long term negative effects on overall Bear health.

 

Tips for enjoying the outdoors while being Bear Aware:

 

Whenever possible, walk and hike  in groups.   Use your senses!

 

Watch for Bear Sign (Scat), Paw prints or tracks, and claw or bite marks on trees and steer clear!

 

Make noise while walking or hiking – sing, clap, or speak up.  Bears will run from loud noises and hikers will avoid stumbling upon or startling them.   Check the Bear Aware Fact Sheet and learn to live peacefully and joyfully with wildlife at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Education/LivingWithWildlife/BeBearAwareBooklet.pdf