The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) website has many great resources for those exploring the Colorado outdoors. Before heading out to enjoy the Colorado outdoors take a minute to learn how to be “Bear Aware” and enjoy a safe hike or camping trip. If you are camping or hiking west of Interstate 25 there’s a good chance you are in bear country. According to the CPW website, “Bears that learn that people have food routinely visit camp sites, picnic areas and resorts in hopes of finding an easy meal. If you want to avoid problems for yourself and the bears, make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your camp.” Below are Bear Aware safety tips from the Colorado Parks and Wildfire to make your next excursion in the Colorado backcountry a safe one.
Be Bear Aware Camping Tips: Secure Your Trash and Food
- Never intentionally feed a bear.
- Stash Your trash. Use bear-proof trash containers when available. If they’re full, double bag trash and lock it in your trunk or RV. Never leave trash outside.
- Store Attractants Safely. Store food, beverages and toiletries in bear-proof food lockers.
- Keep a Clean Tent. Don’t bring anything with an odor into your tent, including foods, beverages, scented toiletries, gum, toothpaste, sunscreen, candles and insect repellent. Don’t sleep in clothes you cooked in.
- Lock RVs and Vehicles. Close windows and lock your vehicle and RV when you leave your campsite and at night before you go to sleep.
Be Bear Aware Camping Tips: If a Bear Enters Your Campsite
- Do Not Turn and Run. Yell, wave your arms and try to appear larger.
- Make It Feel Unwelcome. If the bear continues to approach, throw rocks or sticks toward it and continue yelling.