You'd think everyone in Colorado knows it's illegal to feed bears, but that didn't stop a Durango man who has been ticketed for intentionally feeding bears. It's the third time he's been caught, and this time it resulted in a $1,000 fine and a likelihood the bears will have to be euthanized.

Matt Thorpe, wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said, “This selfish behavior is not only dangerous to his neighbors, but also to the bears.”

Last week, a concerned resident in northern Durango took pictures and provided them to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Thorpe said the man wrote a check and paid the fine on the spot. If he is caught feeding bears again, it would carry another $1,000 fine.

It’s rare that a resident is ticketed for knowingly feeding bears, Thorpe said.

Source: The Durango Herald