Bears

Rain may help curb human-bear conflicts

Bear activity in La Plata County has been quiet so far this year, but weather conditions over the next couple weeks will play a major role in whether enough food is available during the animals’...

DATE: July 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Bear burned in East Canyon Fire to be released in coming weeks

A young bear rescued after suffering burns in the East Canyon Fire last month has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released in the coming weeks, according to Colorado Parks and...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear injured in East Canyon Fire is rescued

A young bear burned in the East Canyon Fire was rescued by wildlife officials Tuesday after its paws were severely injured in the blaze west of Durango. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

First bear of season is sighted north of Bayfield

An early spring may have arrived in Southwest Colorado, evident by the region’s first bear sighting this week a few miles north of Bayfield. Bear expert Lyle Willmarth spotted a large male bear...

DATE: March 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield residents to receive bear-resistant trash cans in 2020

The Bayfield Town Board voted unanimously Oct. 15 to increase monthly trash rates to provide bear-resistant trash cans for residents. The rate increase would add $1.49 per month to the town’s...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield to harvest fruit for food justice and bear safety

Pine River Valley residents will get their fill of fruit Saturday during Bayfield’s first ever Fruit Community Harvest. The event features quintessential autumn activities, like tree gleaning,...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears packing on the pounds before hibernation

Trying to pack on the pounds before hibernation, bears are picking up their activity in and around Durango. “There’s definitely been an uptick in reports of bear incidents in the last week,” said...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield might raise rates to provide bear-resistant trash cans

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield Board of Trustees might switch the entire town over to bear-resistant trash cans, but it will take a rate increase to do so. If approved, the rate increase would add $1.49...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

The man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear

On Monday, 40 years ago, Ed Wiseman killed the last known grizzly bear in Colorado. “It still amazes me the attack fascinates people,” Wiseman told The Durango Herald in an interview over the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear bites hunter after being shot near Pagosa Springs

A Pagosa Springs man was injured by a black bear last week after a hunting trip went awry, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for CPW, told The Durango Herald ...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can hunters help thin bear population in Colorado?

Colorado wildlife officials want to reduce the number of bears across most parts of the state, and they are calling on hunters for help. “We are trying to increase bear harvest to bring our bear...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears cause two crashes in two days involving same family

Bears caused two vehicle crashes in two days over Labor Day weekend in La Plata County – involving the same Texas family. “It blew my mind,” said Roxanne Kascak-Pendleton, a member of the family....

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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