Are bears a problem in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Elk isn’t the only wildlife to keep your eye out for in Rocky Mountain National Park. Black bears are a frequent guest of the park. Making it a point to avoid humans, black bears aren’t as frequently spotted as elk (unless there is food around), but nonetheless, they play an important role in our environment.

Do I need bear spray in Rocky Mountains?

Bear bells and pepper spray might be advisable in grizzly country, but they are not a necessity in Estes Park or Rocky Mountain National Park.

How many bears are in Estes Park?

Black bears have lived in the foothills and forests of Colorado since long before the pioneers arrived. Today 8,000 to 12,000 black bears are trying to share space with an ever-growing human population. With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise.

Is Estes Park Safe?

Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Estes Park to other cities in the state and across the country, Estes Park is 65% safer than other cities of Colorado and 67% safer than other cities in the nation. Estes Park has a ranks above average in comparison to other cities in the country.

Do grizzlies live in Colorado?

Grizzly bears had been considered extirpated, or locally extinct, in Colorado since 1951. One of the suspected last grizzly bears had been killed 28 years earlier near the same area. Grizzlies have not been sighted in Colorado since that day. The bear came to the Museum in June 1980.

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