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Be Bear Aware

Do Your Part to Keep Bears Wild

1Welcome to Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Living with Bears online resource center. You’ll find lots of information on living, vacationing, and spending time outdoors in bear country. Plus, practical guidelines that will help you do your part to prevent human-bear conflicts, and keep bears wild.

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!

Please do your part to keep bears wild.

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Bear Aware Volunteer Program

Bear Aware is a network of trained Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteers throughout the state who help their neighbors and communities prevent problems for themselves and for bears. Our Bear Aware program was founded in 1998. Today there are over 220 volunteers, statewide, dedicated to helping people coexist with bears. Bear Aware volunteers can answer questions, offer practical advice and even make housecalls. They also do educational programs and staff informational booths at events. To find a Bear Aware volunteer in your area or join or to form a Bear Aware team, call one of the local offices, which is listed in the table below. The application program for Bear Aware volunteers is generally in the spring.

Office and Phone NumberOffice and Phone NumberOffice and Phone Number
Brush—(970) 842-6300Grand Junction—(970) 255-6100Montrose—(970) 252-6000
Colorado Springs—(719) 227-5200Gunnison—(970) 641-7060Pueblo—(719) 561-5300
Denver—(303) 291-7227Hot Sulphur Springs—(970) 725-6200Salida—(719) 530-7405
Durango—(970) 247-0855Lamar—(719) 336-2500Steamboat Springs—(970) 870-2197
Ft Collins—(970) 472-4300Meeker—(970) 878-6090 
Glenwood Springs—(970) 947-2920Monte Vista—(719) 587-6900