BOULDER - Starting Thursday, dog owners must have leashes for their pets on four City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trails in order to keep them away from bears.
The leash restrictions are in effect until Oct. 31, or until otherwise indicated and include the Upper Big Bluestem Trail, Skunk Canyon Trail, Doudy Draw Trail and Gregory Canyon Trail.
Bears forage for food in the fall and people along with their pets on these trails are reminded to use caution in all areas.
Here are a few tips if you encounter a bear:
-Never run. Running can make a bear chase you.
-Keep your distance, back away slowly and avoid direct eye contact.
-Never throw food to distract a bear.
-Fight back if attacked. Black bears have been driven away when people fight with rock etc.
For any questions, contact Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks at 303-441-3440.
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