GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After a delay due to warm weather, experts said bears are just now starting to go into hibernation.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife are warning residents to look out for them year round as bears could always wake up mid-season to look for more food. If you do come across a bear, keep your distance, don't run or panic.
It's best to put trash outside on the day of the collection throughout the winter months to keep bears from relying on you for food.
"You can see bears any time of the year in the state of Colorado. I think particularly with the number of bears we have now and the other part of that is there are just a lot more people living in bear habitat as well,” said Dean Riggs, the Northwest Deputy Regional Manager for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Experts said you should keep an eye out year round for deer, elk, bighorn sheep and moose as well. Deer and elk like to move from higher elevations into lower elevations this time of year for the mating season.
Drivers should pay attention when driving around dawn and dusk, CPW said.
"If you live in the state of Colorado, you need to be vigilant when you’re driving down the road, all the time for deer, elk, moose, any of those things,” said Riggs.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife says bighorn sheep don’t typically jump in front of cars but deer and elk could, causing serious damage.
CPW encourages drivers to pay attention when driving around dawn and dusk.