Colorado Bear Killed After Mauling Incidents

Colorado Division of Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

A black bear suspected of injuring two campers at separate campsites this past weekend was tracked and killed Sunday morning by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, with the assistance of a specialist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program and employees of the U. S. Forest Service.

Based the location, behavior and description of the black bear given by campers involved in the incidents, wildlife officers are confident that they found the bear responsible for attacking two campers while they slept in their tents at the Maroon Bells - Snowmass wilderness area. The bear bit both victims, causing minor injuries to the leg of one camper at Crater Lakes and substantial injuries to the leg of another camper in the nearby Minnehaha Gulch area.

In Saturday's incident, the injured camper reported having an empty bag of freeze-dried food inside a backpack in his tent. However, the campers involved in Friday's incident indicated that they had followed all recommended food storage practices, but still became a target of the aggressive bear. Wildlife managers suspect that due to poor practices by previous campers in the area, the bear had learned that tents were an easy source of food.

The bear will be tested for rabies and necropsied as part of the investigation.

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