At least eight bears killed in Colorado in just over a week

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

At least eight bears were killed in Colorado in just over a week, keep­ing Colorado Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cials busy as more bears come in con­tact with hu­mans.

On Tues­day, a bear was tracked with dogs and killed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cers after it came within a few feet of two chil­dren play­ing near Val­lecito Lake. The two boys and their mother were able to make it safely into a house, The Du­rango Her­ald re­ported.

Wildlife of­fi­cials say a bear was killed Fri­day when a Du­rango landowner shot it after it killed some chick­ens.

On Mon­day, wildlife of­fi­cials be­lieve they killed the bear that bit a camp staffer and tried to drag him out of his sleep­ing bag. The teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after he woke up around 4 a.m. Sun­day to a “crunch­ing sound” with his head in­side the mouth of the bear, which was try­ing to pull him out of his sleep­ing bag as he slept out­side at Glacier View Ranch 48 miles north­west of Den­ver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokes­woman Jen­nifer Churchill said. The staffer was treated briefly at a hospi­tal and re­leased.

On July 5, four bears were killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Val­lecito, Pagosa Springs and Cortez, the Du­rango Her­ald re­ported. Home­own­ers killed two after bears en­tered their homes, and wildlife ser­vices killed two be­cause they killed live­stock.

“This is my fifth sum­mer down here, and this is by far the largest call vol­ume and num­ber of in­ci­dents we’ve had,” said Matt Thorpe, wildlife man­ager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In Colorado Springs, a bear that broke in to a home July 4 and tore through the place look­ing for food as the owner slept up­stairs was killed by wildlife of­fi­cers.

The bear spent six hours trash­ing the kitchen. Sur­veil­lance video showed the bear stand­ing on its hind legs and open­ing the re­frig­er­a­tor door with ease. An of­fi­cer shot the an­i­mal after it left the prop­erty then charged back to­ward it.

Bryan Peter­son of Bear Smart Du­rango said this year is the busiest bear sea­son since the nat­u­ral-food fail­ure year of 2012. He said that although rain may help, a late frost in June is likely to take a toll on late sum­mer acorns, an im­por­tant sta­ple to a bear’s diet.

Ranger Kur­tis Tesch said Parks and Wildlife has been re­ceiv­ing about 10 calls each day on bear ac­tiv­ity. Po­lice Records Spe­cial­ist Cath­leen Treacy says Aspen po­lice have got­ten 31 bear calls just this month.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.