Officers Defend Killing Bears in Colorado Springs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State wildlife officials are defending decisions to kill six bears this week that busted into two different Colorado Springs homes.

Wildlife officers killed a mother bear and her two cubs after the cubs rummaged through a home Tuesday. Another mother bear and two cubs were euthanized Thursday after the cubs entered a home near the Broadmoor Hotel.

Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Michael Seraphin says people have questioned why the bears weren't relocated. He says while some bears that get into trouble are moved, that doesn't always work. He says bears that break into homes for food often keep doing it.

Wildlife officers have killed 10 bears in the area this year.


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  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    "Urban wildlife can be taught that certain behaviours are unwanted and will not be tolerated by people. The bear aversion program establishes boundaries that bears can be taught to respect, a trait some bears have lost over time through poor management strategies and a generally submissive reaction by humans. We have baited bears with a food reward into human settlement areas and then punished them with death for accepting an easy meal. Communities need to decide their level of tolerance toward bears and establish a clear set of rules that are consistently enforced - every time a bear crosses the line, it must be taught to respect the rules through negative conditioning. This method, which capitalizes on the bear's innate tendency to avoid conflict and fit into the natural dominance hierarchy, doesn't harm bears and teaches them to stay away from people and their property. (See the section on bear behavior.) " how unbelievable !!Colorado Springs area DOW is a total failure per above
  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    it is very clear that the Colorado SPrings area DOW does not give priority or the slightest consideration to this<<< "It is equally important to deal with any remaining conflicts in a non-lethal manner. Non-lethal alternatives provide an effective management tool and incorporate a more holistic, long-term approach to bear management." http://www.bearsmart.com/bear-management/non-lethal
  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Thousands of bears are killed each year in North America. Traditionally, wildlife officials have managed human-bear conflict situations through hunting regulations, destruction and relocation, but these methods have not prevented conflicts or even reduced their numbers. As people move into bear country in unprecedented numbers, there is increased concern for public safety, biodiversity conservation and property damage. The ineffectiveness of traditional conflict-reduction methods and the need to maximize resources point to a clear need for a new approach. In order to successfully reduce and manage human-bear conflicts, it is first necessary to minimize the number of potentially dangerous encounters through effective waste management, education and enforcement. It is equally important to deal with any remaining conflicts in a non-lethal manner. Non-lethal alternatives provide an effective management tool and incorporate a more holistic, long-term approach to bear management.
  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    http://www.bearsmart.com/becoming-bear-smart/home/managing-attractants
  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    http://www.bearsmart.com/becoming-bear-smart/can-we-coexist
  • by bearman on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    Each year in the USA and Canada, 1 in 16,000 people commit murder, 1 in 35,000 grizzly bears kills a human, and 1 in 100,000 black bears kills a human (Source: US Department of Justice)
  • by .. on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest..." Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
  • by bearman on Sep 8, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    The only thing that the DOW in the COS area has done is that they have embarked on a draconian and heavy handed measure to deal with the bears in comparison to their counter parts in other areas who are still following the agency's policies of balance and preservation and offering educational and informative services to the population at large instead of being on auto cruise on the highway of willful, wanton and cold blooded murder and execution of the bears and cubs. Once again a point of fact, Woodland Park, Mobile home park, the bears have been left there to roam and maraud the area, DOW will not relocate them, and when an incident happens Seraphin will be out there to use a tranq and then a slug on the bear. Why cant they relocate them now? Also his statements that bears and people territory overlap therefore relocation is no use!! that is the most idiotic and moronic statement one can make. One can infer from that statement then that we just wait till all the bears are killed!!!
  • by bearman on Sep 8, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    Have been reading about DOW of various states and how they handle things and from what it appears that even in Alaska the bears and other animals are given chances but NOT HERE IN COLORADO SPRINGS AREA!! HEY DOW, SERAPHIN ARE THE BEARS IN THIS AREA THAT EVIL?I even read that on Barr trail there is a shack where they keep some food etc and a bear broke into it to eat, well to all the idiots who claim that they havent encroached into bear territory, that is bear territory. They wanted to kill that bear too, dont know what happened to it. From Boulder area even the DOW is working with the public to educate and spread the message instead of pulling the trigger at first sight. None of the bears in COS area have been given a chance at all. contd...
  • by furry critter on Sep 8, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    got paws got claws you people got the flaws killing us is against the laws.. we live in peace you like to put us in many a piece we look for food you say its not good that its your hood and you drain our blood into a red flood DOW your idea is lame you have no shame step up your game and clear your name people dont US you dare blame obey the protection and wildlife management laws clean up your flaws michael seraphin your weaker than a hair pin with guilt does your head spin? guess your skin is not so thin people, secure your trash bin dont put food in your window's sill it does kill if you dont like us to roam then leave the hill bird feeders are for us death's breeders we come to the yard then you become our murderers!!
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