Deputy shoots bear after it lunges at Mack homeowner
Law enforcement shot and killed a bear late Friday after the animal reportedly lunged at a Mack homeowner.
At 10:45 p.m., a man in the area of 10 Road and O Road reported that a bear was breaking into his home’s foundation. When he opened the door, the bear reportedly lunged at him, according to Mike Porras, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Both the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife were dispatched to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived first and reportedly shot the bear.
Based on the bear’s reported aggression toward a human, Porras said it’s likely a Parks and Wildlife officer also would have shot the bear.
A call to the Sheriff’s Office was not returned Saturday.
Porras said there had been a prior report of an aggressive bear in the same area. He isn’t sure if the calls were related.
Porras guessed the bear smelled something under the house or inside the house and was digging at the foundation to get at it, and Friday night’s incident was simply the latest in a very active summer for bears in the Grand Valley.
“These calls are common right now,” Porras said.
He expects area bear activity to increase as the animals try to fatten up this fall before hibernation.
“We’re asking residents in and around the Grand Valley to be aware of this,” he said. “If they see what they think is an aggressive bear, let us know right away. ... People need to understand they can help.”
To start, people need to clean up outside food sources — bird feeders, pet food, grills — and secure trash “not only for their own health and safety but also for the bear trying to get an easy meal.”
People can visit the Parks and Wildlife’s Living With Bears page at cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeBears1.aspx for more information about avoiding bear conflicts.