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We are a 100% volunteer organization providing education and support to keep local black bears safe. We are grateful for any contribution you can give!

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If you prefer to mail a donation, send your donation to:
3024 6th St
Boulder, CO 80304

If you are participating in BVSD’s Trip Tracker program and would like to donate Trip Tracker Dollars, please go here.

Your charitable support is tax-deductible. Boulder Bear Coalition, a 501(c)(3) Colorado not-for-profit organization, federal tax # 46-3941088. 100% of your donation will go to Boulder Bear Coalition and work associated with protecting black bears in Boulder. No goods or services of any value were or will be transferred to you in connection with this donation. Following your donation, you will receive written acknowledgement of your donation for your tax records.

By providing time and/or money to these projects, your donation directly helps protect our local bears!

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Donations are used to purchase native foods to plant in open space to create a natural Food buffer for black bears. We will also be purchasing wildlife cameras to monitor the use of the food buffers by bears and other wildlife.

Harvesting fruit throughout Boulder

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Bears love fruit, but coming into town for fruit is not good for the bears. To avoid people (and potential human-bear conflict), they need to stay in their natural wilderness.

Donations are used to purchase fruit pickers and other equipment so we can help the community harvest their fruit and share the bounty with local charities, including the bears at The Wild Animal Sanctuary!

For more information or information on how to become a volunteer harvester, go to Community Fruit Rescue. August – October are months when we need all the help we can get! It’s fun and you get to take home apples to bake with!

Empowering Youth

1375723_161383897403925_2099641699_nA student took the lead in collecting letters from her schoolmates to address the issue of bears getting into trash. The letters made a big impact on City Council and was a compelling part of the argument to require bear-resistant trash carts throughout a large part of Boulder. Way to go!

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At one of our art days,  kids throughout Boulder created a beautiful quilt to express their concern for the bears and to provide concrete solutions. A fun day and a great way to bring our community together!

Donations are used to purchase materials for local projects that engage the youth of Boulder to put their caring words into something that has the power to effect change!

 

Educational Materials

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We can’t save the bears without community support! And sometimes the community just needs to know what to do!

Donations are used to create banners, print flyers and distribute additional educational materials to help spread the word on how to keep bears and people safe.

note: Boulder Bear Coalition previously went by the name Bridge Together, as noted on the banner. 

Increasing Deterrents

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Bears come into urban areas looking for food. If they don’t receive a reward for their efforts they are more likely not to stay. Negative Reinforcement such as electric fencing, unwelcome mats, and electric window wires are highly effective ways to deter bears.

Donations are used to purchase electric mats and fencing to keep bears out of beehives, chicken coops, and kitchens windows.

 For ideas on how to bear-proof your home, see what Bear Busters, a company in California is doing.

Creation of Bear Safe Neighborhoods

  • Create signs for “Bear-Wise” residents to place in front of their homes to spread the word that we each share a responsibility in keeping bears safe
  • Subsidize the purchase bear resistant trash containers for community members who cannot afford to purchase one on their own

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  • Rent space at Farmers Market and purchase advertising space in Daily Camera to increase community awareness about bears
  • Create surveys and increase use of social media to increase awareness
  • Purchase materials for community outreach for events at local parks and talks at local venues

Research and Strategy Planning

Each year there are policy proposals made at the local and/or state level to increase the killing of bears.We have been active at researching these proposals and have spoken at the local, regional and state level on the bears behalf. We will continue to add our expertise to effect policy makers decisions that will mean life or death for black bears. For information on the current proposal to increase the killing of black bears see, Colorado may euthanize more bears and lions to try to boost dwindling deer numbers; Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials want to try “predator control” push to help deer; October 22, 2016. We plan to be at the December 15th Wildlife Commission meeting to decide the fate of this proposal.

Thank you for your support!

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