What do you do when you encounter wildlife?

  • STOP

  • Hold up your thumb toward the animal

  • If it is larger than your thumb, you are too close.
    Back up.

Don't be dumb, use your thumb

Living With Wildlife

Do your part to keep the wildlife wild. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone. Use the Rule of Thumb to honor each animal’s innate sense of what constitutes a safe distance between themselves and humans and pets that might pose a threat. If you ignore the internal boundaries of wildlife, their behavior may change. They may be stressed by needlessly expending energy to keep away from you. Encroaching on their space can prevent them from resting or feeding. It may even trigger aggressive behavior. Never try to approach wild animals.

What to do when you see a Moose.
Don't Feed Wildlife
Keep Dogs on Leash
Keep Your Distance

Pick up Your Sticker Today

You can stop by any of the following locations to pick up a sticker:

Airport Information Desk (in Baggage), Aspen Airport

CPW Area Office: 0088 Wildlife Way, Glenwood Springs CO

Pitkin County Open Space & Trails Office, 530 E Main St, Aspen, CO