Published: Sept. 7, 2017

A bear seen earlier on campusLate summer and early fall are common times of the year for bears to eagerly look for food as they prepare for winter hibernation. As such, bears are sporadically seen in the Boulder foothills and, on rare occasion, even on campus.

It’s important that students, faculty, staff and the larger Boulder community become familiar with bear safety tips:

  • Don’t feed bears, and don’t put out food for other wildlife that attracts bears.
  • Be responsible about trash and bird feeders. The city of Boulder has a city ordinance that requires trash to be secured in bear-resistant trash cans or carts for residents in designated areas within Boulder. Residents within the secure trash implementation zone, including students living in rental units, should be provided with retrofitted bear-resistant trash cans/carts from their trash disposal company. Learn more about the bear-resistant trash ordinance.
  • Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.
  • If you see a bear on campus, call 911. Stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you and leave. Talk in a normal tone of voice. Be sure the bear has an escape route. If you see cubs, their mother is usually close by. Leave the area immediately.

Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife "Be Bear Aware" page or the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks bears and mountain lions page for additional information and safety tips.