Colorado bear intrusion spurs debate over electric fence ban


DURANGO | The debate over whether electric fences should be allowed in a Colorado city have escalated after a bear broke into a heavy-duty chicken coop and killed six chickens.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2qGktNd ) a Durango resident had gotten out of bed in the middle of the night last week to find his chickens had been killed.

Bryan Peterson of BearSmart says electric fences are the best way to keep bears out of anything. But a Durango city ordinance that dates to the 1960s prohibits the use of electric fencing and barbed wire within town limits.

Durango City Manager Ron LeBlanc had said “electric fences are not compatible with urban environments.”

LeBlanc says it is the residents’ responsibility to make a chicken coop that is bear proof.