South Fork Area Wildlife
It is always a good idea to be aware of the wildlife in and around the South Fork area. Below are some helpful videos and links courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Though these videos are more for places on the front range the same concepts apply for the South Fork area.
A few helpful hints to remember when viewing wildlife are as follows:
Observe animals from a safe distance (that animals consider safe). Get a close up with your camera or binoculars.
"Safe Distance" is when you can observe the animals without them moving away from you. If most of the animals are looking at you and appear jumpy you are too close.
Move slowly and casually, not directly towards the wildlife. NEVER chase any wildlife and keep ALL pets in the vehicles, away from direct contact with wildlife.
DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. While it may get you a close-up look, it is dangerous to you AND the wildlife.
Also, regularly fed animals tend to become pests and invade campgrounds and picnic areas. Often times the only way to take care of problem animals is to have them exterminated.
For more information on the areas wildlife visit our Visitors Center website at www.southfork.org and our local Carnegie Library, South Fork Branch has some wonderful books on Bears, Birds, Fish, Mushrooms, Wildflowers and more, located off Highway 160 on Mall Street behind The Cabin and beside the Malt Shoppe, you can reach the librarian at 719-873-5079. Or you can reach out to our local Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 719-587-6900.
What to do if you see a bear:
Bear proofing your home:
Camping and Hiking in Bear Country:
Solving your bear problems:
Moose and Elk ID
Whitetail vs. Mule Deer:
Being Coyote Wise: