The Boulder Bear Coalition implements preventative measures to reduce human-bear conflicts to keep local black bears wild and free and the Boulder community safe.
BBCs main driver has been to approach Bear Management from the bottom up. Rather than relying on wildlife officers to respond to a crisis of a bear in town, BBC has focused on educating and empowering the community to keep bears from coming into town (by reducing attractants, increasing deterrents) so that wildlife officers do not need to handle bears in town. For community members who do not reduce the main attractants (unsecured trash) then the city steps in to implement and enforce these laws. A community is built on shared values, and because wildlife is something that most residents in Boulder value, BBC was born from a need to create a cohesive understanding of what we can do, in clear steps, to protect bears and how we can effectively communicate this information to one another.
How to Protect Local Black Bears:
#1 Secure Your Trash
Bears are in town because they are hungry! Please secure your trash by:
1. use a bear resistant trash cart
2. secure your trash cart in a secure area until time of trash pickup
#2 Report Trash Violations:
All businesses and residents West of Broadway are required to use bear resistant trash carts to prevent bears from getting into trash. If you see trash strewn or cans not latched, please use Inquire App to report the violation -it could save a bear’s life!
#3 Take down birdfeeders
#4 Harvest your fruit
For help harvesting fruit, contact Community Fruit Rescue
Sierra Magazine article about BBC’s role in bear management in Boulder:
Boulder Bear Coalition, a video summary: