Our Mission

The mission of Bear Smart Durango is to foster a better understanding and appreciation of black bears, preserve the well-being of bears by reducing human foods that attract and create “problem” bears in the first place, and reduce human-bear conflict in the greater Durango, Colorado community.

Durango residents take pride in living alongside bears and few like to see these remarkable animals destroyed simply because people don’t secure human foods. Bear Smart Durango wants to help everyone learn to live responsibly and safely in bear country.

Bear Smart Durango addresses the root causes of human-bear conflict: namely, the behavior of people – and offers real solutions to reducing human-bear conflict.



“It’s like trying to deal with a broken water main by continually mopping up instead of fixing the problem at its source. Bear Smart Durango offers real solutions and seeks to follow the lead of other communities that have successfully reduced human-bear conflict by addressing the root causes.” — Beth Lamberson, Lamberson Capital