Be Bear Aware

Every time we’re forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness that makes Colorado so special.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff members, Jason Duetsch and  Mary McCormac, were live on Facebook answering questions about black bears. Watch the recorded event to learn important information about living, vacationing and spending time outdoors in bear country.

​​​​​Today, bears are sharing space with a growing human population. Curious, intelligent and very resourceful, black bears will explore all possible food sources. If they find food near homes, campgrounds, vehicles or communities, they’ll come back for more. Bears will work hard to get the calories they need, and can easily damage property, vehicles and homes. Bears that become aggressive in their pursuit of an easy meal must often be destroyed.

Every time we’re forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness that makes Colorado so special. So please, get the information you need, and share it with your friends, neighbors and community. If you need more, we’re here to help!

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What to Do if You See a Bear

For more information about living in bear country, please view the following resources and visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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