3 bears euthanized after destroying property

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3 bears euthanized after destroying property

Animals broke into houses, cars in Durango Hills
A black bear pauses for a moment before crossing the road at the 2600 block of North College Drive in 2010. Three bears were euthanized in Durango Hills over the weekend after causing damage to homes, garages and cars for the last few weeks.
Tips for living among bears

Bears are out and about, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages residents to take some simple precautions to help avoid human-wildlife conflicts. Here are helpful tips that will help prevent conflicts and keep bears wild. You can also get more information at Bear Smart Durango’s website.
Keep garbage in a well-secured location.Only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.Use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster; available from your trash hauler or on the internet.If you don’t have secure storage, put items that might become smelly into the freezer until trash day.Don’t leave pet food or stock feed outside.Bird feeders are a major source of bear-human conflicts. Attract birds naturally with flowers and water baths. Do not hang bird feeders from April 15 to Nov. 15.If you must have bird feeders: clean up beneath them every day, bring them in at night, and hang them high so that they’re completely inaccessible to bears.Do not feed other wildlife, such as deer, turkeys or small mammals.Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food – and they’ll eat anything.Bears have good memories and will return to places they’ve found food.Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after each use.Clean thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck. Don’t allow food odors to linger.If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don’t allow fruit to rot on the ground.Keep garage doors closed. Lock your doors when you’re away from home and at night.Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when you’re not at home.Do not keep food in your vehicle; roll up windows and lock the doors of your vehicles.When car-camping, secure all food and coolers in a locked vehicle after you’ve eaten.Keep a clean camp, whether you’re in a campground or in the backcountry.When camping in the backcountry, hang food 100 feet or more from campsite; don’t bring any food into your tent.Cook food well away from your tent; wash dishes thoroughly.Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.If you keep small livestock, keep animals in a fully covered enclosure, don’t store food outside, keep enclosures clean to minimize odors, hang rags soaked in ammonia around the enclosure.If you have bee hives, install electric fencing where allowed.For more information, go to the Living with Wildlife section on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: www.cpw.state.co.us.
Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

3 bears euthanized after destroying property

A black bear pauses for a moment before crossing the road at the 2600 block of North College Drive in 2010. Three bears were euthanized in Durango Hills over the weekend after causing damage to homes, garages and cars for the last few weeks.
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