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Ouray County in top five areas for most human-bear issues in 2019

Photo courtesy DJ Hannigan — Special to the Plaindealer; Map courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wildlife officials have been tracking human-bear interactions since April 2019, and released data this week showing there were a total of 5,369 calls involving bears last year. The top five areas in Colorado with the most reported bear issues were Area 8, Area 14, Area 2, Area 15 and Area 18 (including Ouray County).
Ouray County is within one of the top five areas for the most reported issues between bears and humans in Colorado, according to data released by wildlife officials this week. In a nine-month period from April to December 2019, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers in the district including Ouray County received reports of 388 incidents involving bears and documented them. But only one bear was…

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