Monday, August 22, 2011

bear attack

2 campers near Aspen bitten in tents by bears

ASPEN – Campers near Aspen are on high alert after two separate campers were bitten through their tents by black bears in the last two days.

Mike Porras of Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the first attack happened just before dawn Friday, when a bear jumped on a tent containing three men near Carter Lake. One of the men was bitten on his left side but was not seriously hurt.

The second attack hap­pened early Saturday a few miles away near Buckskin Pass.

In that that case, a man alone in his tent was bit­ten on his right leg. He was hospitalized Saturday with non-life-threatening injuries. Two companions in separate tents scared off the bear.

It is not known whether the same bear attacked both men. Porras says wildlife investigators are looking for the bear and expect to euthanize it.
J. Paul Brown
Colorado State Representative
House District 59
State Capitol
200 E. Colfax, Room 271
Denver, Colorado 80203

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