Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the 39-year-old woman was found dead Friday night near Trimble. She had gone walking with her dogs earlier in the day.
DURANGO, Colo. — A 39-year-old woman who went walking with her dogs early Friday north of Durango was found dead several hours later, the victim of an apparent bear attack, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
CPW officers, along with a dog team from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, located a female black bear with two yearlings nearby where the woman’s body was found. The bears were euthanized and were taken to the Wildlife Health Lab in Fort Collins for a necropsy, CPW said.
The woman, a Durango resident, was believed to have gone walking with her dogs on Friday, according to information provided to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office by her boyfriend.
The boyfriend said he found the two dogs outside their home about 8:30 p.m. but the woman was missing. He searched for her and found her body about 9:30 p.m. off U.S. 550 near Trimble, which is north of Durango.
CPW officers responded and observed signs of consumption on the body and bear scat and hair at the scene, CPW said.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” said Cory Chick, CPW Southwest Region manager, in a news release. “This is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous. Out of an abundance of caution, the bears were removed for public safety. We ask the public to report any encounter with an aggressive bear to CPW.”
Chick asked people to avoid the area as the investigation continued.
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