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Another SUV trashed by bear, this time in Junction Creek

A Durango woman who lives in the Junction Creek area northwest of downtown Durango awoke last week to the sounds of a bear trapped inside her SUV, wreaking havoc. Around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday,...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bear kills 6 chickens, raising questions about electric-fence ban

Conversations have reignited over whether the city of Durango should allow electric fencing within town limits after a bear broke into a high-end chicken coop, killing six chickens. “It’s been the...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Bear claws its way through vehicle in Forest Lakes subdivision

A black bear mauled the inside of a small SUV early Wednesday in the Forest Lakes subdivision, likely a temper tantrum after it got locked inside the vehicle. Kourtney Anderson, 17, said she was...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Get rid of that junk: Spring cleanup starts Monday in Durango

The annual citywide spring cleanup will begin Monday and continue through May 5. Residents will have the opportunity to dispose of designated items at no cost. Crews will circulate through...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Be prepared: Bears begin to emerge from hibernation around Durango

Black bears have started to emerge from hibernation during the past couple weeks, and Durango-area residents should be aware of these facts and helpful tips as they become active: Males tend to...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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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 | COLUMN: 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