Bear kills pig |

Bear kills pig

Dennis Webb

RULISON – A bear killed a young pig Wednesday morning, a Rulison resident said.Ed Hoaglund, who lives on County Road 309, said the 70- to 80-pound pig was attacked in its pen around dawn. He found the pig’s remains around an hour later.No one witnessed the attack, but Hoaglund’s son saw the bear in the vicinity around the time of the attack.The Hoaglunds also had seen the bear, apparently a yearling, a few days earlier.”At the time we didn’t realize it was a killer bear,” Hoaglund said.The Hoaglunds reported the incident to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said an officer was busy on another call but expected to respond by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.The DOW reimburses people who lose livestock to bear. They also are allowed to shoot bear caught attacking livestock.Hoaglund said he is prepared to do that, and is worried about his chickens, calves and other livestock. He doubts that it would do any good for the DOW to relocate the bear.”Once one gets started like that, if they trap them and move them they’re going to come right back to the area,” he said.Bears came out of hibernation earlier this spring. Hampton said they usually mostly drink water for a few weeks, then primarily eat grasses before their appetites kick in.”Then they’ll eat whatever they get their hands on,” he said.People would do well to remember that bears are hungry after hibernating.”We’d really encourage them to make sure they’re doing all those bear-safe things, watching the trash, bird feeders, barbecue grills, standard bear stuff,” he said.Vail, Colorado

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