First bear of 2021 spotted northeast of Durango

The first bear of the year in La Plata County has been spotted, a sign the ursines may soon be waking from their winter hibernation. Lyle Wilmarth, a retired wildlife officer for Colorado Parks and...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why did bears stay away from populated areas this year in Southwest Colorado?

With all the attention on this year’s highly contentious election and the onslaught of news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, one issue that usually takes the spotlight in Southwest Colorado went...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How did the warm fall impact the natural world?

Winter has finally arrived, but not before unseasonably warm temperatures the last few months caused strange things to happen out on the landscape in Southwest Colorado. From delayed elk and bird...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rain may help curb human-bear conflicts

Bear activity in La Plata County has been quiet so far this year, but weather conditions over the next couple weeks will play a major role in whether enough food is available during the animals’...

DATE: July 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

First bear of season is sighted north of Bayfield

An early spring may have arrived in Southwest Colorado, evident by the region’s first bear sighting this week a few miles north of Bayfield. Bear expert Lyle Willmarth spotted a large male bear...

DATE: March 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowner shoots, kills bear in Vallecito

A homeowner in Vallecito on Sunday shot a bear displaying aggressive behavior and little fear of people, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said the bear killed...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Bears are waking up around Durango, and it’s time to start taking precautionary measures to reduce human-bear conflicts, wildlife officials say. “It’s that time of year,” said Colorado Parks and...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Pine River Times news

Winter slumber comes to an end for hibernating bears

Bears are waking up around Durango, and it’s time to start taking precautionary measures to reduce human-bear conflicts, wildlife officials say. “It’s that time of year,” said Colorado Parks and...

DATE: April 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Most Durangoans do not lock their bear-resistant trash cans

People in Durango are not locking their bear-resistant trash cans, rekindling calls for the city of Durango to up its enforcement. At least that’s the takeaway message from a new study conducted by...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

After third offense, Durango man fined $1,000 for feeding bears

A Durango man has been ticketed for intentionally feeding bears – for the third time in eight years – resulting in a $1,000 fine and a likelihood the bears will have to be euthanized. “You just...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | CATEGORY: Local 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

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