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Bear activity in the Flatirons


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Flatirons Climbing Council · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 22

In the last two weeks, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) has received information of two incidents where a bear was observed in the Satellites Bouldering Area and in the Gregory Canyon Amphitheater, apparently attracted to unattended crash pads and backpacks. The same bear appears to be involved and is likely drawn to food scent and human sweat on the gear.

OSMP and the Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC) would like remind visitors that black bears can be dangerous, especially if they get habituated to food rewards gained from humans.

·Please report non-emergency bear activity to OSMP at 303-441-3440.

·Plan your bouldering session or climb so that you do not leave unattended gear (please do not leave gear stashes behind).

·Be mindful that food scent, food residue and sweat can attract bears and other animals to your gear.

·If you are approached by a black bear stand your ground. If possible back away slowly while facing the bear. If the bear persists, yell at the bear in a clear tone, congregate with other visitors, control pets and throw rocks at the bear. If you are attacked by a black bear you should fight back.

·Do not allow your unattended gear to become a food reward for a bear.

·If it is safe to do so, make bears uncomfortable around bouldering areas and the bases of climbs. Yell at the bears, throw rocks and do not allow bears to get food rewards from humans.

A habituated bear is dangerous to the public and typically results in its destruction.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are aware of the recent bear activity and OSMP Rangers will post specific informational signs if OSMP receives additional reports.

Again, non-emergency bear activity can be reported to OSMP at 303-441-3440. Please call 911 for emergencies.

Flatirons Climbing Council · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 22

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Flatirons Climbing Council · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 22

This bear continues to aggressively pursue backpacks and food sources.  The bear has also expanded its activity to include Woods Quarry and the First Flatiron.

Please contact the OSMP rangers at  303-441-3440 to report any bear sightings and/or aggressive activity.  

Do not leave backpacks unattended and if possible plan your day to limit bringing food to the area.

mike sheridan · · Golden · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 45

Remember to pet the Bears on the head first to check if they are friendly.  If you feed them, feed them by hand only.  Do not pick up hitch hiking bears or moose.  Keep fresh meat in your chalk bag, and remember, only you can prevent forest fires!

Flatirons Climbing Council · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 22

Whether you feed them or pet them going forward will dictate whether this bear gets to live or whether it will be euthanized.  

Hopefully preventing the latter outcome is important enough to the local climbing community.

Rui Ferreira · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2003 · Points: 863

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Robert Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 0
Rui Ferreira wrote: bump

Don't bump into the bear.

Greg D · · Here · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 867

For the bump:

Sometimes attempts at humor are really stupid. Sometimes really stupid people can be amusing. 

curt86iroc · · Golden, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 53
Greg D wrote: For the bump:

Sometimes attempts at humor are really stupid. Sometimes really stupid people can be amusing. 

This is MP...

physnchips · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

Hijacking this a bit to note that I’ve had and heard of many rattlesnake encounters (especially around Mesa trail) lately. Keep away from the bear for mostly its safety and keep away from rattlesnakes for your safety.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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