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Bear shot and killed in southwest Colorado

Meg Hilling
July 09, 2019 08:43 PM

DURANGO, Colo.-  A bear is dead after a homeowner in Lake Vallecito, Colorado shot it on Sunday.

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According to wildlife experts, the same bear had been trapped, tagged and moved north of Pagosa Springs after it was breaking into coolers and food that was left unsecured by campers near Lake Haviland.

The bear reportedly traveled toward Lake Vallecito from Pagosa Springs and was breaking into chicken coops and attacking turkeys in the area. In recent weeks, the bear is said to have developed a lack of fear of humans and had started to become aggressive in its search for food.

"It actually appeared to be stalking a child. The homeowner chased it off, it came back,” Joe Lewandowski, a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

According to wildlife experts, the homeowner had every right to shoot the bear.

"The owner of the property saw it as a threat and was then in its rights and shot the bear and killed it,” Lewandowski said. "We don't tolerate aggressive bears, again, because you know, they are going to damage property, they could potentially hurt people."

According to wildlife experts, it's crucial that residents do everything they can to ensure that bears stay away from their property. That means locking up their trash can and securing any livestock on their property.

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