Eek! There’s a Bear In My Yard!
It is not at all uncommon to see bears at Ken-Caryl Ranch including at your home. Food sources around your property and neighboring properties will attract bears. Often times if a bear feels threatened it will climb a tree for security. If this happens at your property do not attempt to “shoo” the bear away. Instead, let the bear leave on its own by giving it a clear escape route and removing all perceived threats to the bear (If a mother bear is with her cubs she may be more aggressive so be especially cautious in this situation).
If you have dogs in the yard bring them indoors. Stay out of sight of the bear and discourage neighbors and others from congregating around the bear. If the bear seems sick or displays little fear of humans call the Park Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170, so they can observe the bear first hand and try to assess its health or potential threat to the community. The Rangers also record sightings and can provide additional information about avoiding conflict with bears, but it is not the policy of the Master Association or the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department to remove bears from private property unless they have become “problem bears” and have lost their fear of humans.
Remember, you live in an area that is rich in wildlife including predator species like mountain lions, coyotes, rattlesnakes and bears that are potentially dangerous to humans. Please do your part to avoid conflict with wildlife by keeping your property free of attractants and never, ever feed wildlife.