Remain Bear Aware!
Hyperphagia - a bear's time to pack on pounds
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people to remain bear aware during hyperphagia - a bear's time to pack on pounds in preparation for winter.
Black bears in Colorado are entering hyperphagia and will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to fatten up for winter. As bears start to prepare for hibernation and hunt for food, you may see more bear activity in Lyons.
Most conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easily accessible human food and your trash, as a bear’s natural drive to eat can overcome its fear of humans. When bears become too comfortable around humans, they can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety.
CPW’s most reported conflicts are from attractants such as trash, bird seed, pet food, and barbecue grills. Removing these and keeping your trash secure can help.