Bear euthanized after attacking woman in Manitou Springs; cubs relocated

Photo courtesy CPW.  A bear reportedly scratched a woman in Manitou Springs.
Photo courtesy CPW. A bear reportedly scratched a woman in Manitou Springs.(Colorado Parks and Wildlife)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 4:52 PM MDT
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife says they have humanely euthanized a mother bear after she attacked a woman in Manitou Springs.

The bear wandered into the streets of Manitou Springs late Thursday night. Wildlife officials say the woman was walking home from work around 11:40 p.m. and was just south of downtown Manitou when the bear charged at her.

“As the victim turned to try to escape, the bear knocked her down from behind, scratching her back and ripping her shirt,” wildlife officials said in a news release Friday.

The woman was not seriously hurt and didn’t seek medical attention.

Another person was chased by the same bear in the same street block a few minutes later. She was able to run behind a parked car to get away.

Wildlife officers found the bear and her two cubs early Saturday morning near the attack site. The cubs were taken to Wet Mountain Rehab in Wetmore, where they will be raised until old enough to survive on their own.

CPW is imploring the public to be mindful of wildlife and stop leaving trash and other food sources out, as this tragedy could have been avoided. Neighbors told Parks and Wildlife the bear family was known to rummage through trash cans.

“We believe this is the sow that aggressively attacked one woman then chased another on Thursday,” said Cody Wigner with CPW. “This is why we say, ‘Garbage kills bears,’ and urge everyone to secure their trash.”

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