Human Remains Found in 2 Euthanized Black Bears After Colorado Woman, 39, Was Killed in Apparent Attack
The bears pictured here aren’t the ones which were euthanized.
Human remains were found in 2 of those 3 black bears which police in Colorado euthanized during the weekend after they were found close to the remains of woman who was killed in an apparent bear attack, many local news outlets reported Monday.
A 39-year-old woman who took her 2 dogs for a stroll Friday afternoon in Trimble and never returned home was found later that identical day by her boyfriend that arrived back at the home just to find the dogs waiting outdoors. Approximately 1 hour after he found her remains on a parcel of private property located alongside the highway. He called 911 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers responded to the scene where they found”signs of consumption within the body along with plenty of bear scat and hair,” according to a report out There Colorado.
Employing trained tracking dogs, Parks and Wildlife officials located that the 10-year-old fully developed female black bear and 2 yearlings under 2 years old thought to be accountable for the attack and euthanized them and took both the animals’ remains back to the health laboratory at which necropsies were performed.
“A dangerous bear that has had a deadly attack along with the consumption of a person isn’t something we could allow to be out there around the scene,” Jason Clay, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
Wildlife pathologists late Sunday evening discovered human remains in the digestive systems of this fully developed female and one of the yearlings. All three of those animals were discovered to be”in good body condition with no abnormalities” that could have explained the motivation of attacking a human, an extremely rare occurrence in Colorado which has seen just four such deadly attacks since the early 1970s, according to NBC affiliate 9News.
According to Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region manager Cory Chick, the bears needed to be euthanized or it would be”quite likely” that they’d attack someone else.
“Once a bear injures or consumes humans, we won’t risk the possibility this could happen to someone else. We humanely euthanize that endure because of the intensity of the episode” he said. “Bears will return to a food supply again and again. A keep that loses its fear of humans is a dangerous creature. And this sow was instructing its yearlings that humans were a supply of food, not a thing to fear and avoid.”
Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow revealed that after consuming and killing a individual, euthanizing the animals was not the only alternative on the desk.
“Whenever a creature is euthanized, we receive many questions regarding why this action was essential,” he said. “Our duties to the natural sources of this nation are numerous, but we have no more important responsibility than to manage these resources in a way that keeps Coloradans and our customers secure. Euthanizing wildlife is not ever an action our officials take lightly, but we have an obligation to stop additional avoidable harm”
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