13th Western Black Bear Workshop



The Colorado steering committee and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) would like to extend an invitation to the 13th Western Black Bear Workshop, scheduled for May 21-24, 2018 in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The workshop theme is: Bear Management in the Changing West

We plan to devote a full day on topics involving human – bear conflicts including agency communication and messaging, human dimensions, quantifying conflicts, bear management techniques to reduce conflicts, and legal/liability aspects of bear attacks.   Workshop topics will also feature jurisdiction updates, sessions focusing on harvest strategies, bear predation of ungulates, general ecology and others. 


The workshop, meals and lodging will all be at the Doubletree Hotel (970-241-8888) located at 743 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colorado and only 1 mile from the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

  • The Grand Junction Regional Airport has numerous commercial flight options and connections from both Denver and other western hubs on American Airline, Delta and United.
  • Additional tourism and travel information is available at: https://www.visitgrandjunction.com/
  • Arrangements for room must be done on your own, although a workshop block of rooms is being held open.  Please call the Doubletree Hotel in Grand Junction at 970-241-8888 to make your room reservations.  To receive the workshop group rate and assure availability, rooms must be booked by April 30th.
  • If you have questions about the venue that can’t be addressed by the Doubletree Hotel, please email marie.haas@state.co.us with the Colorado steering committee.



Abstracts for presentations and posters are due Feb 9th, 2018.  Please submit paper abstracts to Chuck Anderson at chuck.anderson@state.co.us and poster abstracts to Kristin Cannon at kristin.cannon@state.co.us. as soon as possible and no later than Friday, February 9th, 2018. 


Presenters will be notified of acceptance by email by Monday, March 16th, 2018. We will provide additional details and requirements for posters at that time.  Click HERE to download the most recent Call for Papers and Posters.  This document includes requirements for formatting abstracts and a sample abstract.


The workshop will begin with a social on the evening of Monday, May 21st and conclude on the afternoon of Thursday, May 24th.

Click HERE for a tentative meeting agenda.


Sponsors/ In-kind donations will be recognized in the workshop agenda and in the proceedings.  Vendor registration is available and also will include logo inclusion in the proceedings and agenda.  Vendor registration provides for full workshop admission (meals, breaks, presentations, etc) for one individual as well as use of your own vendor table during the workshop for presentation of products.  Click HERE for the vendor information document.


On-line workshop registration is now open.  Click HERE to begin registration. 


Full registration for the workshop (Early Bird, Late, Student, Vendor) includes the following:evening social mixer on Mon, May 21st (hot appetizers, drinks)

  • breakfast, lunch, 2 workshop breaks and evening poster session drinks on Tue, May 22nd  (dinner on your own)
  • breakfast, lunch, 2 workshop breaks and dinner banquet on Wed, May 23rd
  • breakfast, lunch and 2 workshop breaks on Thu, May 24th


Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests will be accepted during registration.  Besides the hotel restaurant, there are also numerous other dining options within walking distance of the hotel for Tuesday night or other meals.

Full Registration Options:

Late: May 1 - workshop walk-ins- Sorry, no t-shirt                                                                                                            $285  

Student Late: May 1 - workshop walk-ins- Sorry, no t-shirt                                                                                              $205

Vendor:   includes full workshop registration (meals, banquet, etc) for one person                     

and a vendor table during workshop                                                                                                                               $460


Additional Items:

Banquet ticket for guest (evening Wed, 23rd)                                                                                                                 

Single Day workshop registration - includes all meals and breaks on selected day