A 39-year-old Colorado woman was killed in an apparent bear attack while walking her two dogs, authorities said on Saturday.
Her boyfriend discovered her body near Trimble, Colo., About 223 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, after the dogs returned home without her on Friday night, according to park officials. ‘State of Colorado.
Wildlife officers found “signs of consumption on the body,” bear hair and bear droppings, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.
A team of dogs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services later found a female black bear with two yearlings nearby, the department said.
The bears were euthanized. The mother bear’s teeth indicate she was around 10 years old, park officials said.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” Cory Chick, Southwestern State Parks Area Manager, said in the statement. “It is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.”
The woman’s name was due to be released by a local coroner, who is expected to perform an autopsy early next week.
Josh Cradduck and Austin mullen contributed.