Man fined for feeding donuts to bears
According to Pique newsmagazine, the government said that the man had been feeding stale pastries to the bears near his home.
The bears had therefore become habituated to people and conditioned to their food. As such, the bears had no fear of begging – or demanding – food from people. Fearing the bears would eventually assault people, wildlife officers killed two of them and relocated three others.
Three wolves killed or Alberta roads
CANMORE, Alberta -Three wolves have been killed on roads in the Bow Valley, and the Bow Valley pack may be down to one animal, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook. There are 12 packs in the Central Rockies portion of Canada.
Wildlife biologists say the deaths illustrate the precariousness of the wolf population there. “This area is protected for wolves. It is a wildland park. You can’t rifle hunt in this area. Banff National Park is right next door. And yet they are still at great risk of mortality by humans,” said Dr. Carolyn Callaghan, of the Central Rockies Wolf Project.
Highest town is 130 years old
ALMA, Colo. – An old mining town, Alma’s most significant claim to fame is that it’s the highest municipality in North American. It sits at 10,578 feet, or 426 feet higher than nearby Leadville.
Most of the 300 residents work across the pass at Breckenridge, and they were planning a big pre-Christmas party – something Alma’s faithful are known to have from time to time – to celebrate the occasion of the town’s 130th birthday.
For those splitting hairs, Leadville can claim to be the highest city in North American, or at least Colorado. Colorado law distinguishes cities and towns by population, with 2,000 being the dividing line.
High Elk corridor preservation pushed
CRESTED BUTTE – Preservation groups are targeting private holdings in what is called the High Elk Corridor, between Crested Butte on one side of the Elk Range and Carbondale and Aspen on the other.
That corridor is checkered by 6,000 acres of private inholdings created during the mining era, notes the Crested Butte News.
The Trust for Public Land has now secured $1 million from the federal government to purchase 700 acres, to be conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service for administration. Land trust representatives credited the Colorado congressional delegation, made up mostly of Republicans, with shaking the federal money tree.
While policymakers are celebrating a big drop in Colorado’s individual health insurance prices for 2020, they’re also scrambling to combat the sharp decline in the number of carriers in rural parts of the state where 22 of 64 counties have just one option on the Obamacare marketplace.