Black bear trapped, relocated

An adult black bear found pawing through trash outside a Molina home had some time to rethink his snacking habits overnight Friday.

Homeowner Kurt Thompson watched the bear cruise for food on his lawn twice Friday before the Colorado Division of Wildlife set a trap for the bear.

The bear took the bait. Thompson found the bear looking “docile” in the trap at 7 Saturday morning.

“He was very quiet and kind of humble about it,” Thompson said.

DOW workers returned Saturday to retrieve the bear from the trap, which was made of culvert material and equipped with a spring-loaded door and bait. He has since been moved at least 50 miles away from the Thompson residence to a spot north of Interstate 70, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

Hampton said the DOW’s policy is to relocate and tag a bear the first time it shows up in a human-dominated area. If a tagged bear shows up in a residential or business area again, the bear is put down.

Any aggressive bear is put down the first time it comes near humans.

“We never relocate an aggressive bear. This bear’s never shown any aggression,” Hampton said.

And that’s why the bear is getting a second chance.

“We’d like to give this one an opportunity to go be a bear in the woods.”


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