On Tuesday morning, there was an unusual sighting on the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus near the engineering center, where a bear was spotted up in a tree. In response to this unexpected visitor, CU Boulder Police and the Department of Wildlife took action by roping off the northwest side of the engineering center, which is located next to the math building. They are currently on-site, closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of both the bear and the campus community.

Boulder, Colorado, is no stranger to bear sightings due to its proximity to wilderness areas. While bears are fascinating creatures, it’s crucial to prioritize safety for both humans and these wild animals. Here are some safety tips to consider:

  1. Secure Trash: Bears are attracted to food smells. Use bear-resistant trash cans and dumpsters, or store trash indoors until pickup day.
  2. Bird Feeders: Remove bird feeders, which can attract bears with easy access to food.
  3. Lock Doors and Windows: Keep your home secured, as bears can be surprisingly agile and enter through open doors or windows.
  4. Campsite Safety: When camping, store food in bear-resistant containers, and follow proper food storage guidelines.
  5. Hiking and Recreation: Make noise while hiking to alert bears of your presence. Carry bear spray and know how to use it in case of an encounter.
  6. Keep a Safe Distance: If you spot a bear, maintain a safe distance (at least 100 yards) and avoid direct eye contact.
  7. Do Not Feed Bears: Feeding bears can lead to habituation and aggressive behavior. It’s illegal in many areas.
  8. Bear-Proof Your Car: Bears can break into cars if they smell food. Keep your vehicle free of food and scented items.
  9. Be Bear-Aware: Educate yourself and others about bear behavior and safety protocols.
  10. Report Sightings: If you see a bear in an urban area, contact local wildlife authorities, like the Department of Wildlife, to ensure proper handling.

Boulder’s unique blend of urban living and wildlife habitat requires residents and visitors to coexist responsibly with bears. By following these safety tips, you can help maintain a safe environment for all and reduce the likelihood of bear-human conflicts.

shallow focus photo of grizzly bear