Bear Aware program seeks volunteers in the Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork Valley area
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Living in black bear habitat, it’s good to know how to avoid conflicts with them.The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) is looking for volunteers in the Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork Valley area to serve on local Bear Aware teams, which provide residents and visitors with information on how to avoid potential conflicts with the area’s abundant black bear population. Information about proper trash handling methods, bear behavior and more is distributed by volunteers throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.Bear Aware Volunteers will be required to undergo an interview and, if selected for local teams, are provided a four-hour additional training on black bear biology, bear behavior, causes of human-bear conflict, methods people can use to reduce conflict and DOW efforts to learn more about bears in an urban setting. Bear aware interviews and training will immediately follow orientation and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for volunteers involved in the training session.Although the Bear Aware program focuses on black bear information, volunteers will also have the opportunity to assist on other wildlife related projects as well. Volunteers will help with such projects as fish stocking, teaching hunter education courses, monitoring bighorn sheep, providing state wildlife area assistance, serving as summer camp hosts and many other interesting wildlife activities.All DOW volunteers must attend a one-hour orientation prior to participating in any project. The next orientation will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Colorado Mountain College Aspen Campus located at 255 Sage Way in Aspen.
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