Bad News Bears

Two Strikes and Garbage-Loving Western Bears Are Out

The red tag in his ear marks him as a first-time offender: a Colorado bear’s equivalent to being booked and fingerprinted. He now has a record – convicted for getting into somone’s garbage. Fortunately, he’s kept his noise clean until hibernation. And, hopefully, he dreams of nuts and berries instead of trash cans, because the Colorado Division of Wildlife decided last year that a problem bear can be relocated only once. With a second offense, the bear is destroyed. In just four months last summer, 33 bears were killed under the new policy.