Living in Bear Country
Please be Bear Aware. It is our personal responsibility to do our part to keep bears wild. Today, bears are sharing space with a growing human population. Curious, intelligent, and very resourceful, black bears will explore all possible food sources.
Aspen bears can be attracted to human food sources when natural food sources are unavailable. These bear have been known to damage property, vehicles, and even homes in their pursuit of a tasty meal. Bears that find food around homes and campgrounds can become desensitized to human encounters.
Even though black bears are not naturally aggressive towards humans, a bear intent on getting a meal could injure a person who gets in its way. Every single year bears that have become too comfortable with human interaction have to be destroyed. Every time Colorado Parks & Wildlife
is forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses.
How You Can Help
- Secure your trash (it's the law)
- Remove bird feeders
- Keep BBQs clean
- Keep pet food indoors
- Keep garage doors closed
- Secure windows and doors
- Be responsible about trash and bird feeders
- Don’t leave food or trash inside your vehicle
- Pick fruit before it ripens, clean up fallen fruit
The City of Aspen created a trash ordinance to keep you safe and help deter human-bear conflicts. This ordinance requires a wildlife-resistant refuse container to be used when placing trash out for curbside pickup on trash day, trash must be kept indoors (garage or house) until 6a.m. on the day of pickup. Trash can be left outdoors if it is stored in a wildlife-proof enclosure. Learn the difference between wildlife-resistant and wildlife-proof containers here.
Failure to comply with this ordinance may result in:
- 1st Offense: $250 fine
- 2nd Offense: $500 fine
- 3rd Offense: $999 fine & mandatory court appearance