A Colorado woman was found dead Friday from an apparent bear attack in the southwestern part of the state, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
The 39-year-old’s girlfriend found her Friday night near Trimble, north of Durango, after he came home and spotted their two dogs outside. He thought she had gone with the dogs before she was attacked. He last spoke to her Friday morning.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” Cory Chick, CPW Southwest Region manager, said in a release. “This is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.”
CPW and La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies called a dog team from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services that quickly found a female black bear and two-year-olds.
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The bears were killed and taken to a laboratory for autopsy. The sow was believed to be more than 10 years old.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the bears were removed for the sake of public safety,” Chick said. “We ask the public to report any encounter with an aggressive bear to CPW.”
Coroner in La Plata County will perform an autopsy on the nameless woman to officially determine the cause of her death. Wildlife officials will also continue to investigate to confirm it was a bear attack.
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Other bear sightings have been reported in the area recently.