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Living with Wildlife

Educational Resources


Colorado law on feeding wild animals

Elk Safety Resources


Black Bear Safety Resources

The following resources are provided by the Bear Education Task Force, a community partnership. April, 2013 is "Estes Cares About Bears" month.   Learn more about the Bear Education Task Force.


Bear cub in tree


Bear-resistant container sponsorship form



082514 - Estes Park lodges pledge to reduce bear conflicts, keep bears wild

070314 - Your actions can save the life of a bear

051214 - New Police Auxiliary program launched to monitor litter; promote wildlife-friendly habits

050614 - Sponsorship program for bear-resistant containers announced

040414 - April is Estes Cares About Bears month: Choose to be bear-responsible in 2014 

081313 - Estes Park businesses pledge to reduce bear conflicts, keep bears wild

072913 - You can save the life of a bear: Tips to reduce conflicts and become bear-responsible

041013 - Learn how to live responsibly with bears

040113 - Task force to present bear education resources to Town Board, Estes Valley

011613 - Town Board approves purchase of public bear-resistant trash containers

092612 - Lancaster column: Let's keep them wild


View the 5-minute video "You're in Bear Country," courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park.


Educational Materials

Materials for homeowners' assocations, service and professional organizations, businesses and more

Educational Programs

Programs for kids and adults, homeowners' associations, service and professional organizations, businesses and more

Keep bears wild (door-hanger)

30-minute "living with bears" program (on-site for groups)

Living with bears (foldable brochure)

Children's programs

Bear-proofing your property (8.5"x11" poster)

Children's Critter Crate (coming soon)
Dumpster stickers (small and large) Bear-responsible business pledge
Examples of Bear-Resistant containers in Estes Park  
Utility bill insert  
Request materials: 970-577-9900 For more information or to request a program: 970-586-3510




More black bear information from our partners:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife                                

Rocky Mountain National Park                                        



Town installs bear-resistant trash and recycling containers



Through a partnership with the League of Women Voters and Community Recycling Committee, the Town of Estes Park has installed bear-resistant recycling and trash containers downtown. Funded by the Town and a grant received by the Community Recycling Committee, 23 of the 24 containers purchased have already been installed by Public Works staff. They replace existing trash cans in the vicinity of Performance Park, Tregent Park, Riverside Park, Riverside Plaza, Riverside parking lot, Town Hall and the Town Hall parking lot.


The installation of these containers is part of an effort to increase recycling rates, as well as to make Estes Park a safe place for wildlife and people. Businesses and residents across the Estes Valley are encouraged to begin thinking about how they can reduce the chance of attracting and creating potential conflicts with bears, which often come out of dormancy in April.