Report bear in trash incidents
Both the city and county bear and trash ordinances are complaint-based: meaning that enforcement agencies rely on residents to report incidents of bears getting into trash. Neighbors attracting bears into residential areas with trash can effect you directly (home break-ins, etc), so please report bear in trash incidents. If you are uncomfortable reporting incidents, contact Bear Smart Durango or 970-749-4262.
- Central Dispatch | 970-385-2900
- City of Durango | 970-375-5004
- Phoenix Recycling | 970-375-1300
- WCA Transit Waste | 970-247-0646
- Waste Management | 970-247-1821
- Brennan Oil | 26273 U.S. 160 | 970-247-3054
30-gallon bear-resistant BEARicuda bins
No retailers in the area carry the 30-gallon bear-resistant BEARicuda Basic bins – perfect for storing horse grain, pet food, bird seed and more. Thus, shipping make a reasonably priced alternative pricey. They are available via BEARicuda directly.
This all only works if you report bear activity and human foods that are attracting bears into residential areas.
- Have a bear in the area? Help us by reporting bear sightings.
- Report food attractants such as trash, bird feeders, fruit, pet food, compost and more.
To learn more about resources available to residents that have excess fruit or could use fruit, including the Fruit Gleaning & Exchange Program – go to the Help with Picking Fruit page.
New Homebuyers Guide
New to the area or a realtor with new homebuyers? View the New Homebuyers Guide here.
Bear Calorie Counter
See a chart detailing the calories in common food attractants that attract bears, courtesy of the book, “Living with Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country”.
Bear Smart Durango provides free 50-minute educational programs about black bear ecology and human-bear conflict in the SW Colorado region to Elementary, Middle and High School classrooms. We can tailor program topics and times to other groups as well. For more information, please contact Cindy Lawrence at 719-221-0511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tahoe Bear Busters
Watch this short video to see examples of home deterrent services offered by Tahoe Bear Busters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada – including electric door mats and electric fencing systems for doors, windows, decks, sheds and more.
Bear Sighting and Incident Maps
Mapping of Bear Sightings and Incidents in the City of Durango and La Plata County. GIS mapping was graciously donated by Ecosphere Environmental Services.
- 2010 Bear Sightings & Incidents Map
- 2011 Bear Sightings & Incidents Map
- 2012 Bear Sightings & Incidents Map
City of Durango
Contact information for your local representatives at the City of Durango.
- Ron LeBlanc | email@example.com | 970-375-5005
- Dick White | DickWhite@DurangoGov.org | 970-382-0049
- Sweetie Marbury | SweetieMarbury@DurangoGov.org | 970-259-0218
- Dean Brookie | DeanBrookie@DurangoGov.org | 970-749-3189
- Christina Rinderle | ChristinaRinderle@DurangoGov.org | 970-946-2279
- Keith Brant | KeithBrant@DurangoGov.org | 970-749-4820
La Plata County Government
Contact information for your local representatives at La Plata County Government.
- Joe Kerby | email contact form | 970-382-6210
- Gwen Lachelt | email contact form | 970-382-6215
- Bobby Lieb, Jr. | email contact form | 970-382-6216
- Julie Westendorff | email contact form | 970-382-6217
Aspen Black Bear Ecology Study
Human-bear conflicts are increasing in Colorado despite current strategies that target people and bears. Sharon Baruch-Mordo studied the two sides of the human-bear conflict equation in Aspen, Colorado in a collaborative project between CSU, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the National Wildlife Research Center. She tracked bear movements and foraging behavior to better understand the degree of urbanization of Aspen bears and evaluated the effectiveness of education and enforcement in changing human behavior to better secure attractants from bears. Read more about the study here.
CPW Durango Bear Study
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is conducting a multi-year study on black bears and human-bear conflict in the Durango area. Read a Summary of the study. The City of Durango was chosen for the study based on:
- a high history of human-bear conflict
- a good record of human-bear conflict reporting
- the feasibility of conducting a trash removal experiment
- the minimal amount of bear-proofing of trash city-wide
Links you may have missed:
- Alberta Government: Proper use of bear spray
- Bear-resistant container testing program
- Video of the bear-resistant container testing
- More information about bear spray
- The Carrot or the Stick? Evaluation of Education and Enforcement as Management Tools for Human-Wildlife Conflicts
- Principles of Human-Bear Conflict Reduction
- How agencies respond to human–black bear conflicts: a survey of wildlife agencies in North America
- Evaluation of deterrent techniques on altering behavior of black bears
- A retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of aversive conditioning on grizzly bears…
- Does Aversive Conditioning Reduce Human-Bear Conflict?
- Bear reintroductions: Lessons and challenges
- A Tool Box Half Full: How Social Science can Help Solve Human-Wildlife Conflict
- Fatal Attacks by American Black Bear on People: 1900-2009
- Socially learned foraging behavior in wild black bears, Ursus americanus
- Trans fatty acids provide evidence of anthropogenic feeding by black bears
- Predicting spacial distribution of human-black bear interactions in urban areas
- Black bear ecology and human-bear interactions in an urban system
- Human-Black Bear Interactions in Missoula, Montana
- Efficacy of Bear Deterrent Spray in Alaska
- Efficacy of Firearms For Bear Deterrence in Alaska
- Bear Spray Vs. Bullets: Which offers better protection?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer speaks out on putting down bears
Chris Parmeter, district wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the Gunnison Basin, writes about the part of his job that he
hates – having to kill bears because residents aren’t keeping trash, bird feeders and other attractants from bears.
Think you can distinguish between black bears and grizzlies? Take the test.
In an interview with a CBS Denver News station, Ed Wiseman discusses killing the last known grizzly bear in Colorado in 1979.
Unwelcome mat photo courtesy: Kevin Wright, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Bear Calorie Counter chart courtesy: Linda Masterson
Bear at window courtesy: Tahoe Bear Busters
Aspen Bear Study photo courtesy: Sharon Baruch-Mordo