Bryan Peterson

Do your part to reduce possible issues with bears

With bear activity picking up, here are some tips and resources for avoiding problems with bears.

Vehicles and garage doors

Reports of bears breaking into vehicles, sheds and garages have risen in recent years. With vehicles, bears quickly learn of potential food rewards from just one instance and will investigate other vehicles.

Bryan Peterson is director of Bear Smart Durango, formed in 2003 to educate residents about safely and respectfully coexisting with bears and to advocate for policy changes. For more information, visit or e-mail him at

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