5 Crazy Wildlife Encounters That Happened In Colorado
Catching a glimpse of wildlife in real life can be exciting, thrilling, rare — and just really cool.
But depending on where you live or travel in Colorado, wildlife encounters here are fairly common.
Many of these encounters happen by chance, and typically from a far enough distance where it's safe for both you and the animal — but sometimes these encounters occur in a fashion that's a little too close for comfort.
Here are some instances of crazy wildlife encounters that have occurred in Colorado over the last few years (disclaimer — the footage is WILD):
An Elk Traffic Jam in Estes Park
Bear Breaks Into a Home in Vail... And Plays The Piano
A Man Gets Footage of 4 Mountain Lions On His Porch in Conifer
Bobcat Filmed While Stalking Birds in the Backyard of a Boulder Home
Hiker Stalked By A Mountain Lion in the San Juan Mountains
If you do ever have a close encounter with wildlife, here are some tips to keep in mind from Colorado Parks & Wildlife:
- If the animals you are observing have their heads up, ears pointed toward you, or appear 'jumpy' or nervous when you move, you are probably too close; sit or stand very quietly, without making eye contact, or move slowly away to a safer distance
- Be especially sensitive to and cautious around adults with young
- Never chase or harass wildlife
- Do not feed wildlife
- Avoid eye contact with wildlife; instead, watch from the corner of your eye