There are real, and known, solutions to reducing human-bear conflict and preventing needless bear deaths. In 2017, in La Plata County, 37 bears were killed in human-caused conflict, and another 30 were killed by vehicles, etc. That is a total of 67 bears! Sadly, 2017 was not necessarily a unique year. Often La Plata County will make up for 10% or more of the bear deaths in the entire state. 

This is where YOU can help by donating to Bear Smart Durango! Your donations means that we can provide the education and attractant management programs necessary to keep our bears safe and wild! 


Did you know you can donate to Bear Smart Durango year round through Colorado Gives? You can also set up monthly recurring payments. For as little as $10 a month you can do a lot to keep our bears safe and wild! On May 5th, 2020, Bear Smart Durango is participating in Giving Tuesday Now — a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.


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

Bear Smart Durango
PO Box 2291
Durango, CO  81302

Bear Smart Durango is under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. View IRS Letter of Determination here. We cannot continue our efforts in reducing human-bear conflict without your help. Please consider making a donation to help people live respectfully 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 Jerry McBride and The Durango Herald.