Oct 18, 2021 - News
Hungry bears descend on Denver
A black bear in a tree near C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road.
A black bear in a tree near C-470 and South Platte Canyon Road. Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Keep your eyes open, friends. Colorado wildlife officials are reporting an increase in black bear activity in the Denver metro area.

What’s happening: Our furry friends are getting ready to hibernate — and they’re packing on the pounds to prepare.

That means they’re spending up to 20 hours a day stockpiling 20,000 calories wherever they can find them.

State of play: Roughly 50 sightings in and around Denver have been reported between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. But even more activity is expected as winter closes in.

  • On Oct. 8, wildlife officers relocated a bear from Denver’s University Park neighborhood.

Be smart: If you encounter a cute chonker inside city limits, report the sighting to local authorities.

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