“The woman, a Durango resident, reportedly went for a walk with her two dogs earlier on Friday according to information provided to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office by her boyfriend,” the statement said.
The boyfriend had heard from the woman that morning, and when he got home around 8:30 p.m. he “discovered the two dogs outside their house, but the woman was missing,” according to CPW .
“He began to search for her and found her body around 9:30 p.m.” off US Highway 550, north of Durango, and called 911, the statement said. “CPW wildlife officers responded and observed signs of consumption on the body and an abundance of poop and bear hair at the scene.”
“A team of dogs quickly found a (female) black bear sow with two yearlings nearby. The bears were euthanized and are taken to CPW’s Wildlife Health Lab in Fort Collins for an autopsy,” CPW said.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” according to Cory Chick, director of CPW Southwest Region. “It is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.”
In the past few decades, there have only been three fatal bear attacks in Colorado – in 1971, 1993 and 2009, according to CPW.
The La Plata County coroner will perform an autopsy on the woman early next week, the statement said.