The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Char­lie Bren­nan, Daily Cam­era

A necropsy com­pleted on a bear trapped and killed near Ward in the wake of last week­end’s at­tack on a teenager at a camp area showed hu­man DNA on its claws, wildlife of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The re­sults boost Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff’s con­fi­dence that they killed the right bear, ac­cord­ing to area wildlife man­ager Larry Rogstad.

A 280-pound male black bear at­tacked a sleep­ing, 19-year-old staff mem­ber at Glacier View Ranch near Ward at about 4 a.m. Sun­day, bit­ing his head and at­tempt­ing to drag him away. The young man, with the help of other staff mem­bers, was able to fight off the an­i­mal.

The necropsy was per­formed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife pathol­o­gist Karen Fox. Rogstad had few other de­tails im­me­di­ately avail­able on the re­sults.

How­ever, he said, “(Fox) did an im­me­di­ate in­spec­tion for ra­bies, and it was neg­a­tive for ra­bies.”

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