Bears

No evidence of bear attack at Colorado park

DENVER – Colorado wildlife officials say evidence does not support a woman’s claim that she was attacked by a black bear while hiking with her dog at a state park northwest of Denver. Jason Clay, a...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango man caught feeding bears is identified

A Durango man who was fined $1,000 for feeding bears, his third offense in eight years, has been identified as Roy Newman, 61. Colorado Parks and Wildlife previously declined to release the man’s...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears, in feeding frenzy, kill chickens and 4-H pigs

After a relatively quiet start to summer, bear activity in La Plata County is picking up. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said that’s likely because bears are...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

After third offense, Durango man fined $1,000 for feeding bears

A Durango man has been ticketed for intentionally feeding bears – for the third time in eight years – resulting in a $1,000 fine and a likelihood the bears will have to be euthanized. “You just...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite drought, bears are finding plenty of natural food

The San Juan Mountains’ bear population has been visiting town significantly less this summer with natural food more abundant. Last year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife received hundreds of calls...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribute to 416 Fire bear cub wins hearts at Carve Wars

PURGATORY – Wood chips and the buzz of chain saws filled the air Saturday as seven competitors turned rough wood into art during Carve Wars at Purgatory Resort. After closing for a month during the...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talk about town: Smokey Bear visits cub burned in 416 Fire

Smokey Bear, a national ambassador of fire prevention, visited the cub burned in the 416 Fire on Tuesday at the Frisco Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Del Norte. A video documenting the...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burned bear cub gains international attention, seen as symbol of hope

The story of a burned bear cub found near the southwest end of the 416 Fire has garnered international attention and resonated with readers, who suggested a range of fire-inspired names for the...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baby bear undergoes rehab for burned paws

A baby bear injured in a wildfire north of Durango is likely to survive. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said firefighters combating the 416 Fire, which has burned more than...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Animal Protection’s authority to enforce bear-trash laws goes into effect

La Plata County Animal Protection’s newly assigned authority to enforce the county’s trash laws aimed at reducing human-bear conflicts went into effect Friday. La Plata County commissioners...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State wildlife commission to hold meeting in Cortez

The public is invited to attend the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Cortez Conference Center. A full agenda includes presentations from...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three bears euthanized for breaking into homes

A bear and her two yearlings were trapped and euthanized Tuesday after breaking into multiple homes during the past three weeks in Durango. The bears had either broken into or attempted to break...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News