Human Remains Found in 2 Euthanized Black Bears Following Colorado Woman, 39, Was Killed in Apparent Attack
The bears pictured here are not the ones which were euthanized.
Human remains were discovered in 2 of those three black bears which police in Colorado euthanized during the weekend after they were discovered near the remains of girl who had been murdered in an apparent bear attack, several regional news outlets reported Monday.
A 39-year-old girl who shot her 2 dogs for a walk Friday afternoon in Trimble and never returned home had been discovered later that same day by her boyfriend. He arrived back in the home only to find the dogs moving outside. Approximately 1 hour later, the boyfriend discovered that the victim’s remains on a parcel of personal property situated alongside the highway. He called 911 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials reacted to the scene in which they discovered”evidence of consumption within the body along with plenty of bear scat and hair,” according to a report out There Colorado.
Using trained dogs, Parks and Wildlife officials found a 10-year-old entirely grown female black bear and 2 yearlings under two years old believed to be accountable for the attack. Officials believed that the bears and took the animals’ remains back into the wellness laboratory where necropsies were performed.
“A hazardous bear that’s had a deadly attack and the use of a individual isn’t something we can allow to be out there on the landscape,” 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 the fully grown female and one of the yearlings. All three of those animals were discovered to be”in the body condition with no abnormalities” that could have explained the motivation for attacking a human, a very rare occurrence in Colorado which has seen just four these deadly attacks as the early 1970s, according to NBC affiliate 9News.
According to Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region director Cory Chick, the bears needed to be euthanized or else it would be”quite likely” that they’d attack someone else.
“After a bear or consumes humans, we will not risk the chance that this may happen to another person. We humanely euthanize that bear because of the intensity of the episode” Chick said. “Bears will go back to a food source repeatedly. A bear that loses its fear of people is a dangerous creature. And this sow was instructing its yearlings that humans were a source of food, not something to dread and avoid.”
Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow reiterated that, following the animals killed and consumed a person, euthanizing them had been the only alternative on the desk.
“Whenever a creature is euthanized, we get many questions about why this action was necessary,” he explained. “Our responsibilities to the natural resources of the nation are many, but we have no more important responsibility than to manage these resources in a manner that retains Coloradans and our visitors secure. Euthanizing wildlife is not ever an action our officers take lightly, but we have a responsibility to prevent further avoidable harm”
An autopsy is expected to be carried out on the girl Tuesday in the La Plata County coroner’s office to determine her official cause of death.
[image via YouTube screengrab]
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