This past week, the Crested Butte Land Trust preserved additional acreage in the historic Ruby Mining district near Lake Irwin. This amazing forested landscape is home to black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, and mountain lion.
Living in Crested Butte means sharing our home with the wildlife that live on the land protected by the Crested Butte Land Trust. Autumn is the time of year when the bears begin to layer on enough fat to get them through the long winter without eating or drinking. Their caloric intake goes from 2,500 calories a day to 20,000 and they forage for nutrition virtually nonstop. A black bears’ nose is 100 times more sensitive than a humans and can smell food up to 5 miles away.