Bears

Another SUV trashed by bear, this time in Junction Creek

A Durango woman who lives in the Junction Creek area northwest of downtown Durango awoke last week to the sounds of a bear trapped inside her SUV, wreaking havoc. Around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday,...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear kills 6 chickens, raising questions about electric-fence ban

Conversations have reignited over whether the city of Durango should allow electric fencing within town limits after a bear broke into a high-end chicken coop, killing six chickens. “It’s been the...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear claws its way through vehicle in Forest Lakes subdivision

A black bear mauled the inside of a small SUV early Wednesday in the Forest Lakes subdivision, likely a temper tantrum after it got locked inside the vehicle. Kourtney Anderson, 17, said she was...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmentalists sue Colorado, feds over predator plan

Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services this week over a controversial Colorado predator-control program aimed at reducing mountain lions and bears. WildEarth...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Be prepared: Bears begin to emerge from hibernation around Durango

Black bears have started to emerge from hibernation during the past couple weeks, and Durango-area residents should be aware of these facts and helpful tips as they become active: Males tend to...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public library to host ‘Bears of Durango’ presentation

The La Plata County Living with Wildlife Advisory Board will hold a presentation about the documentary “Bears of Durango” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave. Dr....

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conflicts between bears and humans likely to increase

Bear-resistant garbage cans changed where bears scavenged for food in Durango over four years. Colorado Parks and Wildlife gave out 1,100 bear-resistant cans in 2013 to households in two areas of...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Violations of bear-safe trash-can ordinance drop in 2016

The city of Boulder last year issued 885 citations for violations to its bear-safe trash law, resulting in more than $250,000 in fines. So, how does Durango compare? In 2016, the city of Durango...

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

Food will lure some bears from winter dens

When Z Corcorran went out on the back deck of her home in Forest Lakes the day after Thanksgiving, she found a bear had broken into a small refrigerator, polished off a tray of leftovers and took...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Refrain from feeding birds while bears are still active

The La Plata County Living with Wildlife Advisory Board reminds residents that all bears may not be on their way to winter dens yet. Do not feed birds while bears are active. However, if you are...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Electric fencing shockingly effective deterring bears

Black bears can cause property damage – including the loss of chickens, beehives, small livestock and valued fruit trees – which can be both financially and emotionally draining. Electric fencing...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Bear Smart

Helping bears by removing a fruity temptation

Ripened fruit on the ground may be a welcome sight to urban gatherers, but for BearSmart’s Bryan Peterson, it’s just another threat that adds to the risk of human-bear conflicts. “Your choice in...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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