Colorado woman attacked by a bear: A woman in Newcastle, Colorado, was hospitalized after being attacked by a bear on August 31, killing the bear and its cubs.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the woman went outside at 2 a.m. to find out why the hot tub cover had been removed before being attacked by a bear that emerged from a nearby tree.
“The bear, later determined to be the sow, swiped at the woman, hitting and severely lacerating her arm,” said CPW in a news release.
“The victim was able to get away from the bear and inside her home where she called 911.″
CPW then called on local police to track down and kill the bear. Newcastle Police Department found a mother bear and her three cubs near their home, but CPW said it did not know whether the mother or cubs had abused the woman.
“The decision was made to euthanize the bears,” CPW said. “One cub [and the mother] was euthanized.
Grizzly bears haven’t been sighted in Colorado for half a century, so it’s likely that the bears involved in the attacks were black bears.
According to CPW estimates, there are roughly 17,000–20,000 black bears living in the state.
Bears are attracted to the smell of human food and garbage, and are much more likely to attack, especially if they are frightened, threatened, or protected by a cub. The last fatal attack in Colorado occurred in 2009.
According to CPW, the mother and her three cubs had previously been seen nearby, but showed no signs of human attack.
Colorado woman attacked by a bear
“The cubs were tranquilized and safely removed from the tree and transported to a CPW rehabilitation facility to be evaluated. The deceased sow and cub’s remains are being sent to CPW’s Wildlife Health Lab for necropsy.”
To prevent such attacks and subsequent deaths of defensive bears, CPW requires residents to ensure that trash and bird feeders are bear-proof, clean up fallen fruit near their homes, and provide groceries and air fresheners. is not left in the car. Lock the property door.