Horseback riding in bear and mountain lion country

Horseback Riders for a Wild San Juan Mountains will present the fourth of five slideshows covering environmental topics concerning the San Juan National Forest. The location of the slideshow is Higher Grounds Coffee. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. It is free and open to the public.

The slideshow presentation will focus on horseback riding in bear and mountain lion country — what to look for to stay safe and what to do if you encounter these large mammals on the trail; the impacts horses and dogs have on wildlife; where and when to ride so as to not disturb wildlife during the more vulnerable times of their lifecycle,

All human activity on our forest affects wildlife. There are times of the year when human activity can have a serious impact on wildlife. If we know about the wildlife in our area and understand their needs we can better decide whether what we plan to do will have a negative impact on them.

Other topics that will be covered include the life history of bears and mountain lions and why they are important to the balance of nature; migration corridors, calving areas, yearly migrations routes and other important wildlife activities and areas we should be aware of.

Horseback Riders for a Wild San Juan Mountains is a non-profit organization that will bring a local environmental voice to public land issues and build collaborative support and involvement in these issues among horseback riders and others in Pagosa Springs.

For more information concerning this Winter Speaker Series, or to learn more about Horseback Riders for a Wild San Juan Mountains, send an e-mail to or call 731-3471.