Another ‘dangerous bear’ killed
VAIL ” Wildlife officers Wednesday captured a male black bear and subsequently euthanized the animal, the second “dangerous” bear killed in Vail within three weeks.
The young adult bear entered at least three unoccupied homes in search of food this summer, said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The bear was caught near Nugget Lane in one of several traps in the area and later euthanized with a potassium chloride solution.
“Bears that break into houses are considered dangerous,” Hampton said.
On June 29, another bear in West Vail was captured and euthanized after wildlife officers deemed it dangerous to humans. The female sow bear and her two cubs, originally lured into town by trash, became accustomed to human food and entered at least three homes. The cubs will be released into the wild in January.
“This is the same scenario we were dealing with in the West Vail bear,” Hampton said, adding there is some good news:
“People are starting to see some of the issues and be more concerned about it,” he said. “Since the West Vail bear issue we have seen some community involvement. Obviously it’s not enough because this happened with the East Vail bear.”
Although Hampton isn’t sure what lured the bear to town, he said human food is likely the culprit. For the umpteenth time in over a month, he said people need to properly store bird feeders, grills, pet food, and trash, all of which attract bears.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to kill bears before people get engaged,” Hampton said. “We don’t like doing this. It is an unfortunate part of the job but to keep the public safe it’s part of what we have to do.”
Still, warning people how to properly store human food can be difficult, Hampton said.
“It’s difficult because there are lots of second-home owners and rental condos where people might not be aware of the bear situation,” he said.
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