New Law to Study Black Bear Population Goes Into Effect

Local News

Taking effect this Wednesday, a new law will mandate a study on Colorado’s black bear population and how to reduce conflicts with humans.

The new law sponsored by Republican Rep. Yeulin Willett of Delta requires wildlife officials to find ways to address bear interactions with humans. Which officials say have steadily increased, from about 12,000 in the 2000’s to about 19,000 now.

According to CPW’s Mike Porras, last year the Grand Valley had the highest amount of human-bear interactions the northwest region has ever seen.

“In Colorado, we have a pretty robust bear population. We also have a very fast growing human population and as a result over the last few years we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of bear human conflict,” Porras said.

Officials say they will look at Colorado’s history of managing the bear population, reevaluate the legal constraints they are faced with when it comes to bear management, document how big game hunting could change the increasing numbers of human-bear interactions, and then report their findings back to states’ legislature, hopefully by the end of this year.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.