Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Be Bear Aware; Staying Safe in Colorado Bear Country

May 3, 2021
Mark Duggan/KSUT

Laney Malavolta, 39, of Durango, Colorado was found dead Friday night after a bear attack north of town. An autopsy report released Tuesday confirmed she died from injuries sustained during the attack. We talked to state wildlife officials about being "bear aware" on the trail.


Seasonal Closures Keep People Off Trails, But Provide A Refuge For Elk

Apr 19, 2021
Aspen Public Radio

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and skis are getting shelved in favor of hiking boots and mountain bikes. But in some parts of Colorado, hikers and bikers will have to wait a little longer to venture out on certain trails.

courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife

While you worried about the coronavirus, a familiar presence awoke from its winter slumber and went looking for dinner.

Black bears in southwest Colorado have been active since April. They’re foraging for food and sometimes finding it in trash cans. With many people observing Colorado’s “safer-at-home” order, they could come into contact - and conflict - with bears.

Luke Clancy is the Bear Education Coordinator for Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Durango office. We reached out to him to find out more about the health of our ursine neighbors. And what you can do to avoid meeting up with them in your backyard.