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

Durango residents spotting bears in area

Black bears around Durango are starting to wake up. Bryan Peterson, director of Bear Smart Durango , said Sunday he’s already receiving reports of bears spotted around town. Most of the reports are...

DATE: March 18, 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

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

Rangers, volunteers confront bear activity in Mesa Verde

Like much of Montezuma County, Mesa Verde National Park has seen more than its share of encounters between bears and humans this summer, and its staff is recruiting volunteers to help. According to...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear in tree draws crowd on Main Avenue in Durango

Bears are infiltrating urban areas with greater gusto this summer, as evidenced Thursday when an ursine climbed a tree on Main Avenue in Durango, outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. “This...

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

Colorado residents urged to get bear smart

In response to recent bear conflicts in Colorado, including close encounters, home invasions and an attack on a camper in Boulder County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges residents to get educated...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Get rid of that junk: Spring cleanup starts Monday in Durango

The annual citywide spring cleanup will begin Monday and continue through May 5. Residents will have the opportunity to dispose of designated items at no cost. Crews will circulate through...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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