Bears

Cubs orphaned after mother was euthanized returning to wild

DENVER (AP) – Orphan bear triplets, banished from Colorado Springs’ swank Broadmoor neighborhood for eating human food, have spent seven months in rehabilitation pens, savoring the wildlife...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Native Durangoan will help get fruits and veggies to the plate

Ian Chamberlain has been hired as coordinator for the Durango Regional Food Recovery Hub. He will aim to build stronger networks with growers and nonprofit groups to bring surplus fruits and...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council extends higher fines for bear-strewn trash

A few bears wandering Durango this winter prompted Durango City Council to extend an emergency ordinance aimed at encouraging residents to secure their trash. Councilors unanimously approved the...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

During warm winter, bears wander Durango neighborhoods, unable to sleep

It may seem incomprehensible – it being January – but bears are being spotted in Southwest Colorado, prompting the city of Durango to extend an emergency ordinance that hits residents with stiffer...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Death toll for bears hits record numbers in Southwest Colorado

A record number of bears were euthanized this year in La Plata County – partly the result of a poor natural food cycle and partly the result of food sources made available by humans. “It’s...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Number of problem bears surge in Aspen area

ASPEN – Authorities in the Aspen area say they responded to three times as many calls about problem bears this year compared with last year. Park and Wildlife officials blame poor crops of acorns...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Manitou council OKs measure on bear-proof garbage bins

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Manitou Springs City Council has ruled that residents need to start using a wildlife-proof garbage bin or keep their trash indoors until collection day. The Gazette of...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Warm temps prompt emergency ordinance for bear-strewn trash in Durango

Heftier fines for bear-strewn trash are making a come back, as warmer temperatures persist. The Durango City Council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance Monday eliminating warnings for...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food hub to distribute produce to low-income residents in Southwest Colorado

More locally harvested produce could make it onto plates across La Plata County next fall through a new food hub. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently granted the Durango Regional Food...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango considers distributing hundreds of bear-resistant cans

Hungry bears could have a harder time raiding cans if hundreds of automatic-locking garbage cans hit the streets next year. The Durango City Council heard a proposal Tuesday for a two-year plan to...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bikes could stop vicious cycle of bear-trash dependency

I’m glad the city now has a $100 fine for first-time offenders who let bears get into their trash. However, the garbage cans behind the Durango Community Recreation Center have been knocked over...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Colorado Parks and Wildlife considers funding mechanisms

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has not raised hunting and fishing license fees since 2005, and, as an enterprise agency, it receives only a small percentage of its budget from general tax funds....

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