Human stays have been discovered within the stomachs of two of the three black bears euthanized in Colorado after a lady was discovered useless in a suspected bear assault Friday evening, wildlife officers stated.
The physique of the 39-year-old girl was found in Trimble, north of Durango, after her boyfriend returned dwelling and located her two canines outdoors and nonetheless leashed however no signal his girlfriend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers stated. He discovered her physique after looking for about an hour after which known as 911.
The CPW stated wildlife officers responded and located indicators of consumption on the physique and an abundance of bear scat and hair on the scene.
CPW officers, La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies and canine groups investigated the realm and located a black bear sow and her two cubs close by.
The three bears have been euthanized out of an abundance of warning taken to the CPW’s well being lab in Fort Collins for necropsies.
“Euthanizing wildlife isn’t an motion our officers take calmly, however now we have an obligation to stop extra avoidable hurt,” stated CPW Director Dan Prenzlow.
A wildlife pathologist found human stays within the digestive techniques of the sow and one cub, officers stated. The second euthanized cub had no indicators of human stays in its abdomen.
The bears all appeared in good bodily well being, officers stated, with preliminary findings exhibiting no indicators of illness or different abnormalities, officers stated.
“As soon as a bear injures or consumes people, we won’t danger the possibility that this might occur to another person,” stated Cory Chick, CPW Southwest Area supervisor. “We humanely euthanize that bear due to the severity of the incident.”
Chick stated that bears will return to a meals supply time and again and warned bear that loses its worry of people is harmful.
“And this sow was educating its yearlings that people have been a supply of meals, not one thing to worry and keep away from,” he stated.
An post-mortem is anticipated to be carried out on the girl’s physique Tuesday to find out the reason for dying and establish the stays.