CO parks and wildlifeby Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Here are helpful tips that will help prevent conflicts and keep bears wild:

• Keep garbage in a well-secured location; and only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.

• Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.

• If you don’t have secure storage, put items that might become smelly into the freezer until trash day.

• Don’t leave pet food outside.

• Bird feeders should be brought in at this time of year—birds don’t need to be fed during the summer.

• If you have bird feeders: clean up beneath them daily, bring them in at night, and hang them high so that they’re completely inaccessible to bears.

• Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food—and they’ll eat anything.

• Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after each use.

• Clean-up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck. Don’t allow food odors to linger.

• If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don’t allow fruit to rot on the ground.

• Keep garage doors closed.

• Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when you’re not at home.

• If you see a bear in your neighborhood make it feel unwelcome by making noise or throwing things at it. But stay at a safe distance and never approach the animal.

• Do not keep food in your car; lock car doors.

• Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.

• For more information go to the Living with Wildlife section on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: