Search on for bear after Aspen woman attacked in her home |

Search on for bear after Aspen woman attacked in her home

ASPEN ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife is attempting to capture a black bear that attacked a woman in her Aspen home early this morning. The incident occurred in a condo complex on Doolittle Drive near Aspen Valley Hospital.

According to the Aspen Police Department, who arrived first on the scene, the woman was awakened at approximately 1:30 a.m. by a noise in her condo’s kitchen area.

When she entered the kitchen she was struck in the face by a bear. The bear’s claws injured the woman and she was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital by ambulance. Her injuries are not considered life threatening. At her request, the victim’s name and address is not being released by the DOW.

The bear entered the home through a closed but unlocked sliding glass door. It fled the home following the incident and was not seen by responding officers. Wildlife managers have placed traps to attempt to capture the bear if it returns. Wet weather conditions in the area make the use of tracking dogs impossible. If the bear is captured, it will be euthanized for aggressive behavior.

This is the second incident involving a bear in the Roaring Fork Valley in the past week. Last Thursday (Oct. 11), a resident of Old Snowmass was injured by a bear in his garage.

Black bear attacks are uncommon, but these powerful predators can become dangerous when lured to developed areas by human food sources. Residents are reminded to close and lock doors and eliminate bear attractants such as trash, birdfeeders, pet food, barbecue grills and fruit trees.

So far this year, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has relocated 24 nuisance bears from Pitkin County. To date, DOW wildlife managers have euthanized 12 bears in Pitkin County for aggressive or dangerous behavior, most for breaking into homes looking for food.

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