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"We're seeing bears that have lost all of their natural fear of humans," Mauldin told F&S. "They're walking through restaurants. They're walking through hotel lobbies. They're coming into occupied structures with large barking dogs. We have town bears here that are not afraid of people."

That is the real tragedy. Bears never win that conflict.
 

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"We're seeing criminals that have lost all of their natural fear of humans," Mauldin told F&S. "They're walking through restaurants. They're walking through hotel lobbies. They're coming into occupied structures with large barking dogs. We have town criminals here that are not afraid of people."

That is the real tragedy. Bears never win that conflict.
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Stupid urban Colorado voters and PETA at fault for the current bear situation. Several years ago, PETA people got bear hunting on the ballot, eliminating the spring bear season and outlawing the use of dogs and bait. Now we have a burgeoning bear population and frequent bear/human encounters.

Same problem with wolf reintroduction, urban voters deluged with tear your heart out pro reintroduction ads before the election. Urban voters overwhelm rural voters, many of which actually have a clue about the real effects of reintroduction. Now they're going to introduce 150 - 175 packs into the state. There goes the elk and deer herds to say nothing about livestock.
 

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Stupid urban Colorado voters and PETA at fault for the current bear situation. Several years ago, PETA people got bear hunting on the ballot, eliminating the spring bear season and outlawing the use of dogs and bait. Now we have a burgeoning bear population and frequent bear/human encounters.

Same problem with wolf reintroduction, urban voters deluged with tear your heart out pro reintroduction ads before the election. Urban voters overwhelm rural voters, many of which actually have a clue about the real effects of reintroduction. Now they're going to introduce 150 - 175 packs into the state. There goes the elk and deer herds to say nothing about livestock.
Sometimes a person just has to apply the 3 S rule.


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Stupid urban Colorado voters and PETA at fault for the current bear situation. Several years ago, PETA people got bear hunting on the ballot, eliminating the spring bear season and outlawing the use of dogs and bait. Now we have a burgeoning bear population and frequent bear/human encounters.

Same problem with wolf reintroduction, urban voters deluged with tear your heart out pro reintroduction ads before the election. Urban voters overwhelm rural voters, many of which actually have a clue about the real effects of reintroduction. Now they're going to introduce 150 - 175 packs into the state. There goes the elk and deer herds to say nothing about livestock.
And little Fifi the lap dog and Oliver the cat will be snacks for the wolves as well.
 

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I would prefer a .40 over a 9mm in a bear situation.

In reality, a bear entering our foothills home, that includes at grade bedroom windows, is one of our most probable defensive scenarios. We frequently have them in close proximity to the house.

My bedside revolver is a night-sighted 4" 629-0, loaded with WWB 240 gr JSPs.
 

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Stupid urban Colorado voters and PETA at fault for the current bear situation. Several years ago, PETA people got bear hunting on the ballot, eliminating the spring bear season and outlawing the use of dogs and bait. Now we have a burgeoning bear population and frequent bear/human encounters.

Same problem with wolf reintroduction, urban voters deluged with tear your heart out pro reintroduction ads before the election. Urban voters overwhelm rural voters, many of which actually have a clue about the real effects of reintroduction. Now they're going to introduce 150 - 175 packs into the state. There goes the elk and deer herds to say nothing about livestock.
Quite true. Wolves come after my animals are going to be terminated.
 

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And little Fifi the lap dog and Oliver the cat will be snacks for the wolves as well.
FiFi the lap dog and Oliver the cat are already targeted by coyotes, owls, and badgers in my part of Colorado. Leaving your small pets outside, especially overnight, is an invitation to a gut pile in the yard.

Not to mention the family enjoying a picnic in the national forest and seeing one of their children taken by a pack of wolves.

Here in Colorado we see reports of hikers, joggers, bicyclists being attacked by mountain lions on a fairly regular basis. Several years ago a young family watched as their toddler son was dragged away from a campground by a lion.

Grizzly bears were considered extinct in Colorado before WW2. But about 1975 or so an archery hunter was attacked by one in southwestern Colorado and defended himself by stabbing the beast repeatedly in the head and neck with an arrow, killing it.

Colorado's population has reached about 5 million, and many of these people want to live in the foothills and mountain areas away from the city lights and traffic. The same areas that large predators roam while seeking their next meal.

I live in a city of about 120,000 and regularly see foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and the occasional black bear or mountain lion. Deer, antelope, and other prey species are always close by, as well as a thriving cattle industry, so wolves could easily settle into the local environment. The vast San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado has a centuries-old tradition of sheep herding, just about perfect prey for wolf packs (the mountain lions already know).

Meanwhile, our state legislature passed a "safe storage" gun control law in 2013, requiring that all firearms must be kept unloaded and secured at all times when not in immediate use. Sure, we have open carry as an option, and "shall issue" concealed carry permits (at least for now). We also have constant demands for firearms restrictions in places like public parks, state lands, etc.
 

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FiFi the lap dog and Oliver the cat are already targeted by coyotes, owls, and badgers in my part of Colorado. Leaving your small pets outside, especially overnight, is an invitation to a gut pile in the yard.

Not to mention the family enjoying a picnic in the national forest and seeing one of their children taken by a pack of wolves.

Here in Colorado we see reports of hikers, joggers, bicyclists being attacked by mountain lions on a fairly regular basis. Several years ago a young family watched as their toddler son was dragged away from a campground by a lion.

Grizzly bears were considered extinct in Colorado before WW2. But about 1975 or so an archery hunter was attacked by one in southwestern Colorado and defended himself by stabbing the beast repeatedly in the head and neck with an arrow, killing it.

Colorado's population has reached about 5 million, and many of these people want to live in the foothills and mountain areas away from the city lights and traffic. The same areas that large predators roam while seeking their next meal.

I live in a city of about 120,000 and regularly see foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and the occasional black bear or mountain lion. Deer, antelope, and other prey species are always close by, as well as a thriving cattle industry, so wolves could easily settle into the local environment. The vast San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado has a centuries-old tradition of sheep herding, just about perfect prey for wolf packs (the mountain lions already know).

Meanwhile, our state legislature passed a "safe storage" gun control law in 2013, requiring that all firearms must be kept unloaded and secured at all times when not in immediate use. Sure, we have open carry as an option, and "shall issue" concealed carry permits (at least for now). We also have constant demands for firearms restrictions in places like public parks, state lands, etc.
We were stationed at Ft Carson (lived in Security) in mid 70s......sure has changed....not for the better.
 
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Basically 1 - 2 rounds did the work and the others were spray and pray.
 
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