Problem bear dies; I hold the smoking gun

Problem bear dies; I hold the smoking gun was created by FriendsofStauntonStatePark

Please, please be responsible with your trash putting it out only the morning of pickup, having bear-proof cans, and bringing in bird feeders at night (or keeping them in if there's been a bear already attracted to it). We live with them in their habitat and it is up to each of us to help keep them safe.

I wish that it hadn't ended up this way: the bear's final agonized writhing in the driveway, the smoking shotgun, my hands shaking from the rush of adrenaline and emotion. Unfortunately, neither of us had much say in the matter. This tragic end had been decided long ago.

I knew this end would come, long before he did. I met him three years ago, when he was just a cub. He was trapped in a Dumpster that his mother led him into to eat.

Our paths crossed several times during the next couple of years. He'd pull down bird feeders and I'd give out 'Living with Bears' brochures to the homeowners. A month later, I'd see the birdfeeders hung again, right against the picture window.

The homeowners would report the bear's aggressive behavior, how it stood and looked in their window, how it wasn't frightened of people, even as they stood just on the other side of the pane and took pictures of it.

Then finally one night, inevitably, the old bruin took it too far. Lured by a chain of unwitting and apathetic homeowners, urged on by a string of bountiful successes, he was at last coaxed over the line.

Problem bear dies; I hold the smoking gun
By Chris Parmeter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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12 Jun 2019 17:33 #1

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Replied by ScienceChic on topic Problem bear dies; I hold the smoking gun

CPW NE Region @CPW_NE 34m
3 pictures of the stomach contents of 3 bears that we lost, all full of human supplied food sources. Their stories

1-Bear that attacked a woman in Aspen
2-Bear that bluff charged officers in Boulder
3-Bear involved in attack of man Monday in Pine

This is preventable
From CPW_NE on Twitter

Bear attacks man in his home in Pine

The couple says they take part of the blame because of their bird feeders.

“It was partially my fault for having bird feeders. I’m not happy about it, but on the other hand bears that do come into houses are in a situation where they make it a habit.”

CBS4 Denver story
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29 Aug 2019 10:08 #2

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