Bear Smart

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Violations of bear-safe trash-can ordinance drop in 2016

The city of Boulder last year issued 885 citations for violations to its bear-safe trash law, resulting in more than $250,000 in fines. So, how does Durango compare? In 2016, the city of Durango...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Food will lure some bears from winter dens

When Z Corcorran went out on the back deck of her home in Forest Lakes the day after Thanksgiving, she found a bear had broken into a small refrigerator, polished off a tray of leftovers and took...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Electric fencing shockingly effective deterring bears

Black bears can cause property damage – including the loss of chickens, beehives, small livestock and valued fruit trees – which can be both financially and emotionally draining. Electric fencing...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Bear Smart

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Helping bears by removing a fruity temptation

Ripened fruit on the ground may be a welcome sight to urban gatherers, but for BearSmart’s Bryan Peterson, it’s just another threat that adds to the risk of human-bear conflicts. “Your choice in...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bear euthanized after killing miniature horse

A bear was euthanized Tuesday after it killed a miniature horse that was left overnight in an open corral near Junction Creek Road, a setback during an otherwise quiet season for bear interactions...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Kids easier to train when it comes to bears

When people are careless with garbage, grills and bird feeders, the bears who are attracted pay the price. After years of trying to train adults to change their behavior, Bear Smart is focusing...

DATE: April 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Are bear resistant cans working?

When grizzly bears in Montana can’t break into bear-resistant trash cans, yet black bears in Durango can, it raises the question – what’s going on here? Bryan Peterson, executive director of the...

DATE: April 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hungry bears emerge from hibernation in La Plata County

Bears are waking up in La Plata County, so it’s a good time to take down bird feeders and be vigilant about using a bear-proof trash can. Four bears have been spotted this month and reported to...

DATE: March 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Follow the leader

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Drop off your pumpkins Monday in Durango

If there’s a post-Halloween jack-o’-lantern still leering on your front porch, bears and other wildlife are more than happy to steal it. Rather than leave those squashy orange gourds rotting on...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘I can take the long view’

Only a day after she collected her high school diploma, La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt moved to Durango with her family. It was June 1, 1981, and she remembers the day vividly. Driving...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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For bears, ‘it’s 20/20 time’

At the Bear Working Group Forum on Wednesday, participants decided an important step in decreasing bear deaths is changing how we talk about human-bear contacts, pointing to the way Southern Ute...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News