Black bears in Colorado are killed in any variety of ways in addition to hunting and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) keeps annual statistics on all manners of black bear mortality, including bears killed during hunting seasons and bears killed in what’s termed non-hunter mortality, (bears killed outside of hunting), both regionally and statewide.
Non-hunter mortality includes bears:
- killed in collisions with vehicles, or other (electrocution, for example)
- destroyed as nuisance animals by CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services
- shot by landowners
BY THE NUMBERS
Statewide, a record 628 bears were killed in non-hunter mortality in 2012, with over half of those being at the hands of wildlife officers or landowners legally defending their property.
- The average statewide non-hunter mortality the past three years (2012-2014) was 534 bears a year.
- The previous five year average (2007-2011) was 333 bears a year.
In our area, Area 15 of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 82 bears were killed in non-hunter mortality in 2012, the most since 2002 when 87 bears were killed.
- The past three-year average (2012-2014) for Area 15 non-hunter mortality was 50 bears a year.
- The previous five-year average (2007-2011) was 26 bears a year.
- The past three-year average for nuisance bear kills was 19 bears a year.
- The previous five-year average for nuisance bear kills was 13 bears a year.
|ROADKILL AND OTHER||11||4||4||29||6||5||10||16||48||26||19|
|NUISANCE AND CONTROL KILLS||9||4||1||17||5||4||18||20||34||13||9|
|TOTAL NON-HUNT MORTALITY||20||8||5||46||11||9||28||36||82||39||28|
Dead bear in trap photo courtesy: Linda Masterson