An autopsy this week will determine the official cause of death of a Colorado woman found dead after what authorities believe was a bear attack.
The body of Durango’s wife, 39, was found by her boyfriend on Friday, hours after she failed to return from the walk with her two dogs, the parks and wildlife spokesperson said. of State, Jason Clay.
The attack comes less than two weeks after a guide to the Montana wilderness was fatally maimed by a grizzly bear who officials said was likely defending a moose carcass near Yellowstone National Park. Charles “Carl” Mock, 40, was attacked last week while fishing north of West Yellowstone near a campground.
In Colorado, Clay said the woman went for a morning walk. Her boyfriend returned home at 8:30 p.m. to find the dogs outside and began to search and discovered her body an hour later, Clay said.
“Wildlife officers responded and observed signs of consumption on the body and an abundance of poop and bear hair at the scene,” Clay said in a statement.
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CPW brought in a team of dogs from the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service to search the area. The dog team quickly found a female black bear with two yearlings nearby. The bears have been euthanized and are taken to the CPW Wildlife Health Lab in Fort Collins for an autopsy.
Wildlife officers worked through the night and morning to process the scene, looking for evidence to corroborate the incident was an attack on wildlife.
Clay said the agency had received several reports from the Durango region that bears were becoming active this spring, but this was the first apparent attack.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” said Cory Chick, regional director of the Cory Chick State Agency. “It is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous. To be on the safe side, the bears have been removed for public safety.
“We ask the public to report any encounter with an aggressive bear.”