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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

Photo: Front-row seats to the bear show

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear takes a swim in McPhee Reservoir

First, the bears came down from the hills for the food. Now, they seem to be coming for the drink. During a summer of bear sightings in Dolores, Cortez, Mancos and Durango, a bear now has been...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear Smart Durango launches campaign

Bear Smart Durango is taking a new approach to keeping human food from bears as they prepare for hibernation. The nonprofit launched a campaign to raise $60,000 by the end of the year to help...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Expect higher fines if a bear raids your trash

Expect stiff fines if a bear scatters your trash in the coming weeks. The Durango City Council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday to eliminate warnings if a resident is found to have...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may tighten enforcement around bear-strewn trash

So many bears are digging into trash cans that the Durango City Council may enact an emergency ordinance in September to strengthen penalties. The council may eliminate the first warning residents...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News