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4 bears killed in 1 day in Colorado

By: The Associated Press
July 7, 2017 Updated: July 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm
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A bear has been hanging around Fairfield Inn & Suites, west of downtown Durango, for about a month. (Courtesy of Fairfield Inn & Suites)

DURANGO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife Spokesman Joe Lewandowski says four bears were killed in the Durango area on Wednesday.

The Durango Herald reports two bears were shot by homeowners after the bears entered their homes and two were tracked by Wildlife Services and euthanized.

A fifth bear was caught in a bear trap north of Durango but will be released.

One of the two bears that were euthanized killed a llama in Cortez and the other one killed pigs and chickens in Pagosa Springs.

In the past week, Park and Wildlife officials have received more than 100 calls about bear sightings that qualify as conflict situations.

Lewandowski says his crew hates to euthanize bears, but human safety comes first.

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