Bear pounces on tent, is killed

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

A bear was eu­th­a­nized early Wed­nes­day, a few hours af­ter it pounced on a tent at the Aspen Acres Camp­ground north­west of Rye, bruis­ing and se­verely trau­ma­tiz­ing a woman who had gone in­side the shel­ter to eat din­ner be­cause it was rain­ing.

The 350-pound bear did not bite or claw the woman and it moved away when the woman’s friend ap­proached the tent, but the bruin was a re­peat of­fender, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 10:30 p.m. Tues­day.

The woman, whose name has not been re­leased, was checked by emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians, who de­ter­mined she was not se­ri­ously in­jured, CPW spokesman Bill Vo­grin said in the news re­lease.

When the bear cir­cled back to the camp­site later that same night wildlife of­fi­cers treed the an­i­mal and then killed it, Vo­grin wrote.

The bear had first en­tered the camp­ground Mon­day night when it broke into an un­oc­cu­pied car to get cake and other foods. On Tues­day, wildlife of­fi­cers set a trap in the camp­ground to cap­ture the bear. The of­fi­cers put up signs to warn campers about bears.

“The in­ci­dent is an im­por­tant re­minder of the need to ob­serve Bear Aware rules, es­pe­cially when camp­ing in bear coun­try,” Vo­grin wrote. “Never keep food in a tent or car or eat in a tent. Store food and any­thing with an odor, in­clud­ing toi­letries and clothes you cook in, in a bear-re­sis­tant con­tainer or sus­pended from a tree at least 10 feet above ground.”

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