Black bears starting to come out of hibernation |

Black bears starting to come out of hibernation

Recent warm temperatures are proving to be an early wake-up call from Mother Nature. The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has begun receiving statewide reports of black bear sightings.

Black bears emerge from hibernation in the spring and spend the first several weeks in a state that biologists refer to as “walking hibernation.” Bears in walking hibernation are typically active for only short periods of time and are not actively feeding or drinking.

Residents should obey local trash ordinances or store trash cans inside.

The DOW is partnering in a multiyear urban black bear study to track bear movements in the Aspen, Snowmass Village and Glenwood Springs areas.

To report an incident involving a bear contact your local DOW office. To learn more about black bears or how to bear-proof your home or camp go to

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