County bear law out of hibernation

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County bear law out of hibernation

Residents must secure garbage, or face fines

Wayne Hilqedick, Durango’s route manager for Waste Management, shows Friday how to use the bear-proof containers the company is selling at its Bodo Industrial Park office. A new La Plata County law took effect Wednesday requiring residents to prevent wildlife from disturbing their trash.

County bear law out of hibernation

Wayne Hilqedick, Durango’s route manager for Waste Management, shows Friday how to use the bear-proof containers the company is selling at its Bodo Industrial Park office. A new La Plata County law took effect Wednesday requiring residents to prevent wildlife from disturbing their trash.

To report violators

Trash violations in unincorporated areas of La Plata County may be reported to the Sheriff’s Office at 385-2900 or in Durango to the Department of Sustainable Services at 375-5004. Bear sightings or incidents may be reported to Bear Smart Durango at 749-4262 or bp@fron


tier.net, the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 247-0855, or The Durango Herald Bear Tracker at 375-4566.

"Notification had to happen, because the anxiety level was getting pretty high."

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