Durango woman killed in bear attack is identified

A 39-year-old Durango woman who was killed Friday night in a bear attack was identified Tuesday as Laney Malavolta. “While Laney’s physical presence was suddenly taken from this earth, all that...

DATE: May 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials find human remains in bears’ stomachs

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife pathologist found human remains inside the stomachs of a sow and her yearling that wildlife officers suspect of killing and eating a 39-year-old woman Friday night...

DATE: May 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman found dead after apparent bear attack

A 39-year-old woman was found dead Friday night off County Road 203 near Trimble Lane, north of Durango, after what Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials believe was a bear attack. An autopsy on...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Colorado Parks and Wildlife rescues orphaned cub north of Durango

An orphaned baby bear was rescued this week north of Durango, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said in an email to The Durango Herald that a female cub was...

DATE: Jan. 5, 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

Bear rescued in East Canyon Fire released back into the wild

A bear injured in the East Canyon Fire earlier this summer west of Durango was released Monday after a successful rehabilitation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received a call from fire personnel...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Young bear visits Pagosa Springs restaurant

A thin, juvenile black bear paid two visits Saturday to Kip’s Grill and Cantina in downtown Pagosa Springs. The bear delayed the 11 a.m. opening at Kip’s when the crew discovered it on the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Bear burned in East Canyon Fire to be released in coming weeks

A young bear rescued after suffering burns in the East Canyon Fire last month has shown strong signs of recovery and is expected to be released in the coming weeks, according to Colorado Parks and...

DATE: July 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear injured in East Canyon Fire is rescued

A young bear burned in the East Canyon Fire was rescued by wildlife officials Tuesday after its paws were severely injured in the blaze west of Durango. Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado...

DATE: June 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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