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Bear killed after it attacks homeowner

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS ” A black bear was shot and killed after it clawed an Old Snowmass homeowner in his garage on Thursday morning, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The man had entered his garage to feed his dogs when the bear charged. The man suffered minor injuries, but was able to retreat back inside his home and dial 9-1-1.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies and DOW District Wildlife Manager Kevin Wright were called to the scene shortly after 7 a.m. When they arrived, the bear ” an adult male weighing about 350 pounds ” was still in the garage though it had the opportunity to flee into the surrounding woods. The bear behaved aggressively toward officers, who killed the animal, according to the DOW.

DOW officials believe the bear entered the garage through a door that was left slightly open to allow the homeowner’s dogs to enter the garage from the yard.

For more on the encounter, see Friday’s Aspen Times.