The Colorado State Department of Fish and Wildlife is
advising hikers, hunters and fishermen to take
extra precautions and keep alert for bears when outdoors this season.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such
as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle
the bears unexpectedly.
They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of
an encounter with a bear.
It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of
People should recognize the difference between brown bear and black bear droppings.
Brown bear droppings are smaller and show the remnants of nuts, berries and vegetable matter.
Black bear droppings have little bells in them and
smell like pepper spray.