3 Bears Euthanized After Destroying Property In Durango

June 7, 2016

State wildlife officials have euthanized three bears that they say caused extensive damage to homes and cars in a Durango neighborhood.

The Durango Herald reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski says a sow and two yearlings were shot Saturday after one of them broken into a car.

Residents had reported over the last few weeks that bears had been breaking house windows, tearing doors off garages and breaking into vehicles.

Lewandowski says the agency had "no choice" but to shoot the animals because they had become habituated to humans and human food and would have continued to cause problems.

The last time Colorado Parks and Wildlife shot and killed a bear in Durango was last summer after a bear bit two men who had been camping.

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