As fall approaches in Colorado, bear activity will be on the rise. Here is what you need to know to stay safe.

As if there haven't been enough bear to human encounters the past couple of months, watch for those situations to escalate as summer begins to fade away and the fall season approaches.

As bears prepare for their winter hibernation cycle, these massive animals need up to 20,000 calories a day. Bears need to be able to eat and store enough food sources to get them through the winter months.

This means these bears will go anywhere and everywhere looking for their next meal. And the easier, the better.

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife put together a website, with videos, that explains several precautionary steps you should take this time of year if you live or are going to be in or around Colorado bear territory.

What To Do If You See a Bear?

  • If you encounter a bear in your yard, you should try to scare it away. Bang on pots and pans, use an air horn, etc. But do it from a safe vantage point and always allow the bear an escape route.
  • On a trail, you should remain calm and stand still. Let the bear identify you and most likely, it will simply move on. Never turn your back to a bear or climb a tree. Slowly, back away and get off the trail.

Visit, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website here for more tips on what to do to prevent any unnecessary bear-human encounters.

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