Dead bear found in Two Creeks garbage bin

Staff report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials want to know why a dead bear was dumped near a trash enclosure in the Two Creeks subdivision of Snowmass Village on Saturday morning.

Officials are asking the public for any information that might lead to whoever is responsible for the bear’s death and the dumping.

“Even the smallest detail may help,” District Wildlife Manager Kevin Wright said in a statement. “It’s often that information from the public helps us solve a case like this.”

Officers believe someone killed the adult sow Friday evening before taking the carcass to the trash enclosure overnight. They are pursuing leads from evidence gathered at the scene and have performed a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

“Killing a bear and abandoning the carcass is a serious offense,” Wright said. “However, the person who did this still has the opportunity to do the right thing and turn themselves in.”

Wright said that anyone with information about the incident or any other conflicts with wildlife should call the nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. The number for the Glenwood Springs office is 970-947-2920.

To remain anonymous, call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards are available if the information leads to a citation.