Be Bear Aware
Do Your Part to Keep Bears Wild
Welcome 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.
Living with Bears Resources
Outdoors in Bear Country
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 CPW offices. The application program for Bear Aware volunteers is generally in the spring.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Offices
Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, contact the Colorado State Patrol or your local Sheriff's Department.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Headquarters Administrative Offices
Denver, CO 80216
See the CPW Contact Page for region and area office contact information.