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What about bears and other animals in the area?

Black bears and mountain lions inhabit some alpine areas and strategies for peaceful coexistence are needed. Never approach, startle or feed any wild animal, expecially a bear or lion with young. Stay calm, back away, and speak softly if you encounter a bear. Step off the trail and allow the bear time to leave. In the presence of a lion, make yourself look larger by raising your arms or opening your jacket. Never turn your back and run. Pick up small children to keep them from running. Fight back if attacked by a bear or a lion, using a stick, stones or whatever you have (from Div. of Wildlife info).  More information on "Living with Wildlife" is available from Colorado Parks and Wildlife at:  https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlife.aspx