Hot, dry weather like what we're seeing today is fueling fires across Colorado, and the same conditions could lead to problems with local wildlife.
Mike Porras, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says, “We are concerned that we could see an increase in bear conflicts this year."
There’s a very real chance bears will run out of food in the high country and wander ever so close to humans this summer.
"Take in your bird feeders, clean your barbeque grills, and don't leave pet food outside,” Porras said. “Don’t attract these bears as they start looking for food."
Heading lower in search of something to eat, the chance of you seeing young wildlife is on the rise.
"Almost everyday we hear of people bringing in animals to our office that they've picked up," Porras said. "In some cases it might have been abandoned but in most cases nature is taking its course and it’s much better off left alone."
Keeping safety in mind, the BLM has already closed the Texas Mountain area south of Rangely. It’s a spot where officials are tending to horses in search of water.
Chris Joyner, with the BLM, says, "We're bringing water to the horses in an area that's high above the horses. Leaving this situation without doing something isn't humane to these animals.”
There are many other places on the Western Slope impacted by drought, and even more wildlife affected.
"We’re doing what we can right now,” Joyner said. “We’re evaluating every possible option."
That could mean more restrictions as you head into the wilderness this season.
"We’re going to certainly see more situations where we're asking anglers to avoid low flow rivers, start heading up to high elevation, and avoid stressing and killing our fish,” Porras said.
If you encounter any wild animals and are concerned for you safety, authorities say report it to wildlife officers.
The U.S. Forest Service has lifted a temporary ban on the use of tents and fabric trailers or campers in an area west of Aspen because problems with bears foraging for food there appear to have subsided.