Who do I contact about wildlife issues?

The Living with Wildlife Advisory Board (LWAB) is your resource for conflict with wildlife in La Plata County. In most situations,people and wildlife can coexist. Frequently, there are simple steps and non-evasive methods to deter wildlife from damaging your property.

To report bear sightings, non-trash bear incidents, and trash accessed by bears call: 

La Plata County Bear Hotline 970-247-BEAR (2327)

Other helpful telephone numbers:

Contact Office
Phone Numbers
CO Parks & Wildlife 970-247-0855
Bear Smart Durango 970-749-4262
La Plata County Sheriff 970-385-2900
Durango Police Department 970-385-2900
La Plata County Extension Office 970-382-6468


The following links provide easy-to-read information about a variety of wildlife species that may be encountered in La Plata County.

  • Links to Colorado Parks & Wildlife information:  CPW

Links to Nonlethal Management Methods:

Links to raccoon information:

Links to Hantavirus-Deer Mouse:

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)  fact sheet on the Hantavirus:

CPW web links:


  • Living with Wildlife - Woodpeckers Begin Springtime Drumming

Living With Wildlife Management Options: