Bear Aware Team

The Crystal Lakes Bear Aware Team was formed by the Colorado Department of Wildlife in 2005. At that time, bear break-ins in the Crystal Lakes area exceeded 100 per year. The average cost of a break-in was $1,800, with a total estimated cost to the community of more than $150,000 per year.

 

The goal of the Bear Aware Team, which is comprised of Crystal Lakes community members acting as Department of Wildlife volunteers, is to teach property owners about how to live with wildlife and to apply proven techniques to reduce human/bear interaction. The Team has had excellent success, encouraging property owners to "keep a clean camp," leaving nothing out (such as bird feeders) that will attract bears, and to use tools proven effective to discourage bears from breaking in to campers and cabins.

 

The year the Bear Aware Team was created saw 122 documented break-ins by the end of bear season in the fall. In 2006, that number dropped to 13. By 2007, the worst year on record for human/bear conflicts in Colorado, the Crystal Lakes area saw no break-ins at all. Crystal Lakes is now recognized as a model of community action, and programs around the country are being put into place to model the success achieved by the Crystal Lakes Bear Aware Team.

 

The approximately 25 members of the Bear Aware Team patrol the community regularly during the summer, watching for signs of bear break-ins and meeting with property owners to discuss reducing human/bear interactions. The Team effectively maintains a neighborhood watch program for bears.

Meeting Time and Place

We meet on the fourth Sunday of the month, April through October, at 10:00 a.m. in the Wapiti room.  All association members are welcome to attend.  Please contact Jim Tiffin for more information.  

Bear Aware Team

Alice Schiel

Ardie Yowell

Bob Strazer

Diana Ward

Dolores Williams

Doug Blunt

Harold Alexander

Jeanette Williams

Jerry Kalkman

Jim Ward

Judy Dodero

Kate Kelly

Marian Kelly

Nicole Ault

Ray Williams

Ron Yowell

Sherry Alexander

Skip Grifith

Steve Ault

Susan Vance

Bear Aware Filing Hosts

Each filing has a primary point of contact.  These individuals are trained in aversive conditioning tools and techniques.  They patrol their respective filings at least once a week looking for break ins.  They do not trespass but check from the road using binoculars.  If a break in is found they notify the Crystal Lakes office.  An investigation is then initiated and the property owner is contacted.  

Filing Host Phone Filing/Lot
1

Kate Kelly

Marian Kelly

970-881-2049    07/007
2

Ron & Ardie Yowell   

970-881-2267  04/013 
3 Jerry Kalkman

970-484-8284

03/093
4

Steve Ault

Ron & Ardie Yowell

970-396-4560

970-881-2267

06/041

04/013

5

Steve Ault

Ron & Ardie Yowell

970-396-4560

970-881-2267

06/041

04/013

6 Susan Vance 970-881-3644 06/098
7

Kate Kelly

Marian Kelly

970-881-2049 07/007
8

Ray & Jeanette Williams

970-882-3612

06/017

9

Doug Blunt

970-881-3758 09/030
10

 

   
11 Bob Strazer 970-881-2764 11/054
12

Harold & Sherry Alexander

970-881-3836 12/072
13

Jim & Diana Ward

970-881-2523 13/047
14

Doug Blunt 

970-881-3758 09/030
15

 

   
Elk Ridge    

Harold & Sherry Alexander

Jim & Diana Ward

970-881-3836

970-881-2523

12/072

13/047 

Division of Wildlife

Every time we're forced to destroy a bear, it's not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness that makes Colorado so special. So please, get the information you need on living, vacationing, and spending time outdoors in bear country, and share it with your friends, neighbors, and community. Find practical guidelines that will help you do your part to prevent human-bear conflicts, and keep bears wild, on the Living with Bears pages.

DOW Regulations
Department of Wildlife Regulations.pdf
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Bear Proofing Your Home
bearfactsheetbearproofinghomeFINAL.pdf
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Bear Fact Sheet
BearFactSheetBirds.pdf
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Bear Deterrents

Click on the Bear Deterrents link for more information.

Reported Incidents

Click on the Reported Incidents link for more information from 2005 to the present.

Bear Damage Photos

Click on the Bear Damage Photos to view a photo gallery of bear damage.

Bear Websites

Click on the Bear Websites link for more information on bears.