Prevention is critical

A critical component of protecting bears across Colorado is taking a proactive approach to bear management.

CPW is responsible for responding to bears that are in town. Based on the bear’s history, current activity and location, the wildlife officer will decide to either leave the bear alone, call for bear sitters to watch the bear until the bear can safely leave the location, tranquilize and relocate or euthanize the bear. 

Rather than responding to a bear that is already in town, taking a proactive approach is the best way of keeping bears safe. There are clear actions that communities can take to keep bears from coming into town, and to deter those that do come through town.

PROACTIVE STEPS TO PROTECT BEARS

  1. REDUCING ATTRACTANTS
    1. Secure trash 
    2. Harvest fruit trees
    3. Remove bird feeders
    4. Protect livestock and beehives 
    5. Minimize water sources
  2. INCREASING DETTERENTS:
    1. Use of electric fencing to protect livestock, beehives and homes
    2. Increase hazing of bears when safe to do so