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Encountering Wildlife Survival Guide

In Colorado, the winding trails, rocky summits, and breathtaking sights come with a diverse wildlife presence. While exploring the mountains, it’s essential to be up-to-date with the latest wildlife safety information. 

Black Bears


Mountain Lions


Mountain Goats


A rhyme to help remember what to do when seeing various bears is, “If it’s brown, lay down. If it’s black, fight back. If it’s white, goodnight.” 

A Myth: If a rattlesnake bites you, do not suck out the venom. This is an old tale that has been proven a myth, and by sucking on the bite, you’re exposing bacteria to the wound. Instead, seek immediate medical attention.

A Tip: Mountain lions do not see humans as prey when they are standing up, but a person who is squatting or bending, the lion categorizes them as potential prey.  


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