Durango Votes To Reinforce Camping Ban After Bear Attack

June 9, 2015

Bear attacks west of Durango have code enforcement officers taking a more proactive approach to tagging illegal campsites and giving people 48 hours to move on.

The Durango Herald reports the city's land management board voted Monday night to encourage parks and forest service agencies to keep illegal campers off property near city-owned land.

Parks and recreation director Cathy Metz says rangers have asked code enforcement officers to be more proactive since state wildlife officials shot and killed a bear last week following several attacks on campers.

She said the camping ban is enforced consistently on city land, but many illegal campsites remain on adjacent property.

Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board member Mark Smith says he doesn't want the area to become a mecca for illegal camping.

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