Three bears have been euthanized after breaking into multiple homes in Durango over the course of three weeks. During this period, a sow and two cubs broke into or attempted to break into at least six homes in one subdivision. The bears used windows, doggie doors, and garages as their point of entry.

Let’s be frank. I’m getting tired of writing this same blog piece over and over about bears getting put down after interactions of this nature. You’re probably getting tired of reading about it, too. The reason I keep reporting on the subject is to stress how important it is for humans to take preventative action toward ensuring that these cases are reduced.

Yes, humans are developing areas once inhabited by a multitude of wildlife. There’s probably not much that can be done to stop that – at least not on the personal level. However, by taking preventative steps, people are able to decrease the likelihood of wildlife turning to human communities for food, a dangerous trend that tends to result in animals being euthanized due to the two strikes policy (a policy that states certain animals must be put down if they’re ‘repeat offenders’ in potentially dangerous human-wildlife interactions).

If you live in an area where wildlife sightings are common, keep your doors and windows locked. Keep your garage door shut when you’re not around. Maybe don’t have a doggie door, or at least install a locking mechanism to use overnight. Keep your trash inside, and if it’s outside, put a bear-proof lock on the container. In most interactions, wildlife isn’t looking to harm a human, they’re simply looking for food – often in the form of waste. As a community of Colorado residents, we must take the steps to prevent wildlife from learning that cities and towns are where they should go to find sustenance. Until preventative measures are adopted on a large scale, incidents like this will continue to happen.

Leave a Reply

What We Believe

We are driven by our deep respect for our environment, and our passionate commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation. We believe in the right for everyone - from all backgrounds and cultures - to enjoy our natural world, and we believe that we must all do so responsibly. Learn More