Bears

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 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | 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

Mama bear and two yearlings break into home

The prognosis does not look good for a mama bear and her two yearlings that have been breaking into homes around Durango. “This is a dangerous situation,” said Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear attacks 5-year-old in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION – A 5-year-old Colorado girl is hospitalized with serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear outside her home. The attack happened early Sunday near Grand Junction. The girl’s...

DATE: May 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata County Animal Control given power to enforce bears-trash laws

Since La Plata County adopted trash laws in 2008 aimed at reducing human-bear conflicts, not a single ticket has been written despite a marked increase in bears breaking into garbage. That is...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal Protection may be tapped to help curb human-bear conflicts

Residents and businesses in La Plata County may see stricter enforcement this summer of the county’s ordinance intended to reduce human-bear conflicts. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday took...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News