Central Colorado Conservancy – Bear Programs – September 16

Bears are frequent visitors to Chaffee County, and this year has underscored that fact. At least one bear had to to killed, at least one other was ear-tagged and taken far away and others were sighted by residents in Salida and Buena Vista – one even had his photo on the front page of the Mountain Mail!

Other news reports from Colorado evidenced the increasing bear-human conflicts; one person had his head bitten and a woman who ate food in her tent was injured when a bear collapsed her tent coming after the food.

Whether or not you are a person who frequents the trails and public lands in our area, or knows of bears raiding neighborhood trash carts left out overnight, being ‘bear aware’ and learning to live with them is an important skill.

Attend a Living with Bears educational program sponsored by the Central Colorado Conservancy and presented by wildlife biologist Cindy Lawrence as she discusses black bear biology and the effects, consequences and prevention of human-bear conflict.
Cindy has been working as a wildlife biologist for over 23 years for federal agencies, private industry and nonprofits,including serving as the education director for Bear Smart Durango in Durango, CO.

Learn what makes black bears so susceptible to ever-emboldening interactions with people. Join us from 7-8 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Buena Vista Community Center, or on Sept. 16 from 7-8 p.m. at the Salida Community Center, for these free presentations.
Sign up to attend at or call 719-539-7700.

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