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Aspen Bear Attack

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Last Updated: 19 November 2020

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ASPEN, Colo. Black Bear entered ASPEN home through the front door early Friday and severely injured the homeowner, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say. CPW used dogs to track the bear and euthanized it a few hours later. CPW officials say the homeowner was taken to ASPEN Valley for surgery and then transferred by ambulance. Marys Hospital in Grand Junction. Injuries are not life-threatening. Randy Hampton with CPW told CBS4 Bear turned lever-shape handle on the homeowners door to get inside. The homeowner was in the living room at the time, heard some noise and went to check it out. Bear swipe homeowners ' faces and neck. He said it was not surprising bear was able to get into home, We have seen situations where with lever style door handles, bears can lean on those and get in if doors are lock. He says it is all about getting quick meal for bears and if they find a neighborhood with lots of food, they will keep coming back for up to a year. Bears learn very quickly and if they learn that they can get food inside home, theyll go from door to door and just try door lever, say Hampton. He also says humans who live in Bear country need to work together to prevent bears from getting into food or garbage. Missteps by neighbors or visitors will have consequences. It doesnt have to be homeowner; it can be a neighbor that does something or somebody three houses away. Bear gets used to that neighborhood, Bear starts to learn, and then these types of situations occur. CPW uses dogs to track Bear. Just before 1 pm, officials confirmed Bear had been found and euthanized. Base on the direct and clear trail that tracking dogs quickly follow, along with physical description of the bear from witnesses, were certain that we get offending animal, said Matt Yamashita, Colorado Parks and Wildlifes Area Wildlife Manager, who oversees response operation. We never like to have to put animals down but protection of the public is paramount once a bear begins entering homes and responding aggressively toward people. They say Bear was collected and will be sent to the CPWs lab in Fort Collins for testing. CPW officials suspect it may be the same bear that has rummaged through trash in this area in the last two years. Previous attempts to trap it and haze it have fail. CPW investigated three human-Bear attacks in the ASPEN Area in 2019. This is the first reported incident this year. RELATED CPW Searching For Bear that charge, scratch Woman in Manitou Springs relate CPW Euthanizes Bear After Attack on ASPEN Restaurant Manager

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