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Colorado Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cials said they trapped and killed the bear that at­tacked a 19-year-old near Ward on Sun­day.

A 280-pound male black bear was trapped at about 4:30 a.m. Mon­day in the Glacier View camp­ing area where a youth-camp staff mem­ber was at­tacked as he slept, Parks and Wildlife spokes­woman Jen­nifer Churchill said. “We think this is the bear that did the at­tack,” she said.

Of­fi­cials are con­duct­ing a necropsy to de­ter­mine if there was some­thing that caused it to at­tack a hu­man.

The teenager was out­side in a sleep­ing bag when he woke up to the bear bit­ing his head. He started fight­ing back. Other staff mem­bers helped him fight off the bear.

The at­tack ap­pears to have been un­pro­voked, with no food or other at­trac­tants left out. Be­cause the teenager was asleep, he didn’t have a chance to try to scare the bear off, Churchill said. “That’s ex­tra scary.”

Churchill said two bears have been eu­th­a­nized this year in the re­gion that in­cludes Boul­der County, com­pared with 16 in the north­west re­gion, 10 in the south­east and six in the south­west.

— Mitchell Byars, Daily Cam­era

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