There are real, and known, solutions to reducing human-bear conflict and preventing needless bear deaths. 37 bears were being killed in human-caused conflict in 2017 in La Plata County and another 30 killed by vehicles, etc. 67 bears! This is where you can help!  Partner with us in preventing something unfortunate – and nearly entirely avoidable.

We are making a difference!  Please consider a contribution to help us achieve even more! Supporters can pledge any amount.  Thank you!


For the first time, Bear Smart Durango is participating in CO Gives Day – to be held on December 10th, 2019! Schedule your donation to Bear Smart Durango today!


Please make checks and money orders payable to Bear Smart Durango and mail to:

Bear Smart Durango
PO Box 2291
Durango, CO  81302


To make a tax-deductible donation to Bear Smart Durango via credit card you may do so on the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado website.  Be sure to include a notation indicating that your contribution is for Bear Smart Durango.   View IRS Letter of Determination here.


Bear Smart Durango, under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. If you require your donation to be tax-deductible, please make your contribution via the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado. We cannot continue our efforts in reducing human-bear conflict and helping preserve the safety of both residents and bears without your help. Please consider making a donation to help people live with wildlife.  If you have a specific program in mind for your contribution, please let us know!

“Last year, a neighbor left his garage door open, and the huge huge bear that lives nearby came in for the trash. This bear was never a “nuisance,” the rest of us all have bear-resistant trash cans or never leave trash out. My neighbor shot the bear. Thankfully, we were out of town or I would have ripped him a new one!” —  Florida Road resident

Banner photo of Needham Elementary classroom presentation courtesy of The Durango Herald.