BEAR TRAPPED, KILLED AFTER CAMP ATTACK
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