Season’s 1st casualty: Black bear put down

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Season’s 1st casualty: Black bear put down

2-year-old was too familiar to South Durango
This bear was in a tree Monday in the east 500 block of First Street. The bear had lost his fear of humans and was a common nuisance in the neighborhood and had to be put down. “I don’t like to put down a bear any time,” said Patt Dorsey, the agency area wildlife manager in Durango. “But the potential for serious trouble was too great.”
Online survey about bear interactions under way

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is conducting an online survey of people’s interaction with black bears and their attitude toward them as part of a bear-management plan.
The management plan will consider the interests of the public, bears and hunters.
Response focuses on two areas – west of the Animas River in La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores, San Juan and San Miguel counties and east of the Animas in La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral and Hinsdale counties.
The website for the former is www.research.net/s/B6DAUplan and the latter, www.research.net/s/B18DAUplan.
The survey, which requires about 10 minutes to answer, is available from Friday through June 18.
Data and comments gathered will be included in the draft management plan for bears, which will be available late this summer.
People who want to make general comments about bears or bear management may write to Brad Weinmeister at brad.weinmeister@state.co.us or to Weinmeister at 151 E. 16th St., Durango 81301.

Season’s 1st casualty: Black bear put down

This bear was in a tree Monday in the east 500 block of First Street. The bear had lost his fear of humans and was a common nuisance in the neighborhood and had to be put down. “I don’t like to put down a bear any time,” said Patt Dorsey, the agency area wildlife manager in Durango. “But the potential for serious trouble was too great.”
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