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business owner can take is calling your local CPW
office or wildlife officer immediately.
This not only protects people, but it is the best
way to protect bears as well.
A restaurant employee in the Winter Park area was
fortunate to receive only minor injuries on Thurs-
day, August 29, from a bear that was hiding in the
business¡¯s dumpster.
The bear swatted the employee on the head when
surprised by the employee dumping that evening¡¯s
trash; a hat worn by the employee likely prevent-
ed receiving much more serious injuries.
Though the bear was repeatedly seen by the res-
taurant staff and other locals nearly every night
for a week, no reports were made to CPW to help
try and haze or remove the bear from the area
until after the incident was reported the next day.
¡°We all know that when bears have easy food
sources, they will keep coming back to them,¡± said
JT Romatzke, Regional Manager for CPW¡¯s North-
west Region.
¡°It¡¯s not so much a bear problem as a human
problem when we don¡¯t prevent bears from finding
easy meals, and also when we accept bad bear
behavior as normal. We need people to call us
early and often when bears become a nuisance,
instead of waiting for a worst-case scenario.¡±
CPW officers monitored the area after the incident,
and the bear returned as expected. Officers say
the animal was extremely habituated and demon-
strated no fear of wildlife and police officers on the
Because of the attack and the dangerous behavior,
CPW officers put the bear down.
¡°In this case, there was a clear pattern of where
and how the bear was moving each night, but
people in the area had the attitude that it was
normal for bears to get into trash,¡± said Romatzke.
¡°It took a person getting injured for someone to
finally call us. By that point, this bear was so con-
ditioned to getting food that it had become dan-
gerous. We need people to understand that you
are not doing bears any favors by not calling us;
we can work together to prevent these animals
from becoming dangerous in the first place if we
get a report.¡±
Not reporting bear incidents is unfortunately not
unique to one interaction or area. Several recent
and grant annual reports available on its web-
site. For more information on the grant pro-
gram and application materials, please visit the
Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants page.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily
on license sales, state parks fees and registra-
tion fees to support its operations, including:
41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife
areas covering approximately 900,000 acres,
management of fishing and hunting, wildlife
watching, camping, motorized and non-mo-
torized trails, boating and outdoor education.
CPW¡¯s work contributes approximately $6 bil-
lion in total economic impact annually through-
out Colorado.
Raptors, Stormy and Blondie, at North Park
Wildlife Rehabilitation in Walden, benefited
from last year¡¯s CPW Wildlife Rehabilitation
Grants. The deadline to apply for 2019 grants is
November 4. Photo by Deb McLachlan.
successor is appointed, but no lon-
ger than six years.
To facilitate wildlife rehabilitation in
Colorado, CPW will expend funds in
accordance with the recommenda-
tions of the Board.
Regular operational expenses and
capital improvements are both
eligible for funding. Rehabilitation
of both game and nongame species
is eligible; exotic species are not.
Awardees must execute a contract
with CPW to receive a grant and
work done under the grant must
be performed or managed by the
grantee. Matching funds are not re-
quired, and applicants do not have
to be a 501(c)(3) organization.
After funding decisions have been
made, CPW will make information
on grant recipients, award amounts
Nature & Wildlife
2019 October/November
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
CPW Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Program
application period begins
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is
announcing the application period for Wildlife
Rehabilitation Grants began on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants are offered by CPW
to support wildlife rehabilitation efforts across
the state.
Grant amounts are for a minimum of $1,000 and
are awarded with the goal of maximizing wildlife
rehabilitation efforts in Colorado. All applications
must be submitted by Nov. 4, 2019.
Eight grants were awarded in the first year of the
program in 2018. Awards ranged from $1,000 to
$3,000 and supported a flight cage renovation,
new wildlife recovery enclosures, an intensive
care unit, food, medical supplies and other reha-
bilitation center needs.
To be eligible for the Wildlife Rehabilitation
Grants, applicants must meet the following crite-
Applicants must be a wildlife rehabilitator cur-
rently licensed by CPW
In general, grant funds can only be used for
species authorized under the applicable wildlife
rehabilitation license
Per the authorizing statute, the minimum
grant award is $1,000. Please note, the total
funding estimate for 2019 is $19,000
This grant program was created through House
Bill 17-1250. This update to Colorado law re-
placed the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife
Cash Fund with the Colorado Nongame Conser-
vation and Wildlife Restoration Cash Fund.
Funding for Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants is pri-
marily from the nongame tax check-off program,
along with fines from nongame wildlife-based
offenses and interest income.
For the first $250,000 raised annually through
the nongame check-off, 10 percent is allocated
to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant program,
which aims to provide funding specifically for
wildlife rehabilitation centers.
A board established by HB 17-1250 reviews ap-
plications and sets funding recommendations.
The board is comprised of seven members, each
appointed by the CPW Director, who serve stag-
gered three-year terms. Board members serve at
the pleasure of the Director, and serve until a
Grant Deadline November 4
As bears enter hyperphagia, CPW reminds
residents of Bear Aware responsibilities
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife has
received over 3,800 bear-incident reports so
far since April 1, most involving bears trying to
access food sources.
The number of reports is expected to grow as
bears enter hyperphagia, the period of prepar-
ing for hibernation, when bears spend up to
20 hours a day on the hunt for 20,000 or more
An incident reported to CPW over the past
weekend highlights a specific Bear Aware
behavior that all Coloradans should practice:
When a bear is repeatedly seen in an area, the
first and best protective action a home or
Help Protect Colorado Bears