Bears relocated after dog attacked in Glenwood |

Bears relocated after dog attacked in Glenwood

Dennis WebbGlenwood Springs Correspondent

The state Division of Wildlife relocated a bear and her cub from Glenwood Springs Friday night after reports of an attack on a dog.The DOW also trapped a cub in Redstone on Sunday after it got into garbage, agency spokesman Randy Hampton said.This was the first time this year the DOW has moved bears out of Glenwood Springs, which, like many other western Colorado communities, has experienced an increase in bear activity in recent years.Glenwood Springs resident Ron Madsen said the agency needs to deal more aggressively with problem bears.”This is becoming like Yellowstone was, and they need to do something,” Madsen said.Madsen, who lives on Glenwood’s main thoroughfare, Grand Avenue, said the bear and cub that were eventually relocated tore some siding off his deck by his hot tub. He said DOW officers told him the animals may have wanted to hibernate there this winter.Madsen said his neighborhood has seen bears off and on all summer, and this pair showed up Tuesday and didn’t leave. The bears showed no fear of people, and some residents were afraid to go outside, he said.Still, when he called the DOW Friday, officers initially were reluctant to move the bears.They agreed to do so only after finding out about the attack on the dog, which was taken to a veterinarian for treatment. Hampton said he didn’t believe the dog’s injuries were life-threatening.Madsen fears a person is going to get hurt because of the DOW’s hesitance to deal with problem bears.”They have to realize that at some point a citizen has more rights than a bear does,” he said.He is worried about the number of bear encounters he has heard of around Glenwood Springs, including at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, as well as in No Name, just east of town.”Why are we baby-sitting these things when they’re dangerous and should be removed?” Madsen asked.He plans to raise his concerns with Glenwood Springs City Council at its meeting Thursday night.Hampton appreciates Madsen’s concern about the city’s bear problem, and is glad he plans to raise the issue with City Council. Hampton believes the city would be able to provide a partial solution if it would pass an ordinance aimed at minimizing the opportunities for bears to get into garbage.Hampton said addressing bear problems requires efforts by local governments and the public, and not the DOW alone.”To say that the DOW needs to go and make sure we immediately take drastic actions against the bears isn’t sufficient to solve the problem,” Hampton said.”We don’t have the resources, nor necessarily the desire, to start tranquilizing every bear that comes into town.”The DOW relocated the Glenwood Springs bear and cub to Grand Mesa.

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