Human Remains Found in 2 Euthanized Black Bears Following Colorado Woman, 39, Was Killed in Apparent Attack

The bears pictured here are not those that were euthanized.
Human remains were found in two of those three black bears that authorities in Colorado euthanized within the weekend after they had been found close to the remains of woman who had been murdered in an apparent bear attack, several community information outlets reported Monday.
A 39-year-old woman who took her two dogs for a stroll Friday morning in Trimble rather than returned home has been found later the exact identical afternoon by her boyfriend that came back at the home just to find the dogs waiting outside. Approximately one hour after he found her remains to a parcel of personal property situated alongside the street. He called 911 and also Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers responded to the scene in which they found”evidence of ingestion within the human body along with plenty of bear scat and hair,” based on a report from Out There Colorado.
Utilizing trained tracking dogs, Parks and Wildlife officials found a 10-year-old completely grown female black bear and two yearlings under two years old believed to be responsible for the assault and euthanized them and took the animals’ remains back to the health laboratory where necropsies were performed.
“A hazardous bear that has had a fatal attack and the use of a man or woman isn’t something we could allow to stand out there on the scene,” Jason Clay, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
Wildlife pathologists late Sunday evening found human remains in the digestive processes of the fully developed female and one of the yearlings. All three of those creatures were found to be”in good body condition without any abnormalities” that could have explained the motivation for attacking a human, a very rare event in Colorado which has seen just four such fatal attacks since the early 1970s, based on NBC affiliate 9News.
According to Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region supervisor Cory Chick, the bears had to be euthanized or it would be”very likely” that they would attack another person.
“Once a bear or absorbs individuals, we won’t risk the possibility that this may happen to someone else. We humanely euthanize that bear because of the seriousness of the incident” he explained. “Bears will return to a food source over and over. A keep that loses the fear of people is a dangerous animal. And this sow was instructing its yearlings that people were a source of food, not a thing to dread and avoid.”
Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow reiterated that after killing and consuming a individual, euthanizing the animals was the only option on the table.
“Whenever an animal is euthanized, we receive many questions about why this action was necessary,” he explained. “Our duties to the natural sources of the country are numerous, but we have no more important responsibility than to handle these tools in a way that keeps Coloradans and our visitors safe. Euthanizing wildlife is not ever an action our officials take lightly, but we have a responsibility to stop additional avoidable harm.”
An autopsy is expected to be done on the woman Tuesday at the La Plata County coroner’s office to determine her official cause of death.
[picture via YouTube screengrab]
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