Environmental Health

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  • Phone: 970-328-9813
    Fax: 970-328-8788

    Environmental Health
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0179 


Bear awareness

Contact: Todd Belback at todd.belback@eaglecounty.us or 970-328-8755

May 14, 2014 - Eagle County officials urge residents to be aware of behaviors that could lead to the destruction of wildlife.  Bears start feeding heavily this time of year and will continue to do so until late fall.  Residents are reminded not to leave any wildlife attractants where a bear can gain access to them, including trash cans with food remains, grills and bird feeders.

Residents in unincorporated areas of Eagle County subject to the county’s wildlife ordinance must utilize wildlife-resistant trash containers, available from local trash removal providers or at Ace Hardware in West Vail. In addition, those subject to the ordinance may only place trash containers out on the morning of trash day and should return their trash containers to a secure location as soon as possible following pick-up.

Once a bear becomes accustomed to feeding on trash, it will continue to come back for more and may attempt to enter a residence with open windows or doors. If Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are unable to successfully relocate a problem bear, or if a bear enters a home, it will be euthanized. Residents who encounter an aggressive bear should contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 970-328-8500 or Parks and Wildlife at 970-947-2920. Eagle County’s code enforcement is actively enforcing the ordinance. 

If a non-compliant trash container is observed, the homeowner or occupant will receive a notice of violation and may be subject to fines.  Please see the county's Wildlife Ordinance page for more information on wildlife-resistant cans and the areas subject to the ordinance.  In addition to obtaining compliant trash cans, residents are urged to follow Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommendations regarding living with bears, available at http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeBears1.aspx