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Report bear in trash incidentsDSCN4995
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

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Contact your local waste hauler about getting a (certified) residential or commercial bear-resistant trash container!2013-06-21 16.19.13

  • City of Durango  |  970-375-5004
  • Baker Sanitation  |  970-565-1212
  • Phoenix Recycling  |  970-375-1300
  • WCA Transit Waste  |  970-247-0646
  • Waste Management  |  970-247-1821

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Looking for a bear-resistant 55-gallon steel drum with locking lids in the Durango area?IMG_0223 - Version 2

  • Brennan Oil  |  26273 U.S. 160  |  970-247-3054

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30-gallon bear-resistant BEARicuda binsphoto
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.

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This all only works if you report bear activity and human foods that are attracting bears into residential areas.

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Do you have extra fruit – or could use some?DSCN7473

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.

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Have a bear trying to get into your home, garage or shed?Screen shot 2012-04-13 at 4.39.17 PM
Download instructions for building an unwelcome mat or electric unwelcome mat.

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New Homebuyers Guide
New to the area or a realtor with new homebuyers? View the New Homebuyers Guide here.

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Bear Calorie CounterScreen shot 2013-07-05 at 6.20.19 PM
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”.

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For TeachersP1060408
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 mainrange21@yahoo.com.

 

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Tahoe Bear Bustersabout_bear_busters_bear_deterrents
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.

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Bear Activity Summary ReportsScreen shot 2013-07-02 at 2.17.00 PM
Click on the links below to view year-end Summary Reports of Bear Sightings and Incident reports in the City of Durango and La Plata County.

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Bear Sighting and Incident MapsScreen shot 2013-07-02 at 2.12.04 PM
Mapping of Bear Sightings and Incidents in the City of Durango and La Plata County. GIS mapping was graciously donated by Ecosphere Environmental Services.

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City of Durango
Contact information for your local representatives at the City of Durango.

City Manager

  • Ron LeBlanc  |  citymanager@ci.durango.co.us  |  970-375-5005

City Council

  • 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

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La Plata County Government
Contact information for your local representatives at La Plata County Government.

County Manager

County Commissioners

 

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Aspen Black Bear Ecology StudySharon&cubs
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.

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CPW Durango Bear StudyDSCN1349
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

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Links you may have missed:

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Scientific Papers:

URBAN BEARS

BEAR SPRAY

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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.

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Think you can distinguish between black bears and grizzlies? Take the test.

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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