Bear Working Group

Bear Working Group

The Bear Working Group (BWG) is a collaborative effort to minimize human and bear conflicts in La Plata County. Representatives from a variety of community stakeholders work together, in what is in essence a de-facto government board or commission, to:

  • Develop and help implement creative community-based solutions for minimizing human-bear conflicts;
  • Provide a forum for sharing information and resolving divergent views, and enabling coordinated responses to requests for information;
  • Participate in the evaluation of best practices, attractant management, and bear management and provide feedback to the partners;
  • Provide a coordinated approach to community outreach and communications regarding the activities of the Working Group; and
  • Provide, or recommend, a coordinated response to human-bear conflict issues in the community.


The Bear Working Group is typically comprised of representatives from:

  • City of Durango
  • City Code Enforcement
  • La Plata County
  • La Plata County Sheriff Department
  • La Plata County Humane Society
  • US Forest Service / BLM
  • Colorado Division of Parks & Wildlife
  • Bear Smart Durango
  • Living With Wildlife Advisory Board of La Plata County
  • Local Waste Haulers
  • Durango Area Association of Realtors
  • HOA Representatives
  • Citizens



The first gathering of the Bear Working Group (BWG) was held on April 28, 2011 in the Anasazi Room, La Plata County Courthouse.