How to Handle Wildlife Encounters in the Rockies

Moose in Forest

The beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado are home to a plethora of wildlife species. Antelope, moose, bears, elk, coyotes, deer and even (on rare occasions) mountain lions can be found in or around large cities like Boulder or Colorado Springs. With all of these animals near civilized areas, one can imagine there are plenty of animals to be found in the wilderness areas as well! With state-wide stay-at-home orders came a massive swell in outdoor recreation. While it's great that more people are going outdoors, more people in the wilderness means a higher probability of human-wildlife interactions. It is important that those who venture out have an understanding of how to conduct themselves if they come across one of Colorado's larger mammals. This page will go over some easy ways to mitigate the dangers involved with large mammal encounters in the wilderness.

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

How to Act Towards Each Species

Black Bear



Mountain Lion

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