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Bear dumped near Two Creeks garbage bin

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are seeking information about a bear that was killed and dumped near a trash enclosure in the Two Creeks subdivision on May 4.

The adult sow was discovered by garbage collectors over the weekend. Officers believe someone killed the adult sow Friday evening before taking the carcass to the trash enclosure overnight.

Officials are asking the public for any information that might lead to whoever is responsible for the bear's death and the dumping, according to a statement. They are pursuing leads from evidence gathered at the scene and have performed a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

"We just want to know what happened," said Mike Porras, Parks and Wildlife spokesman.

Porras said the department would like to talk to the individual or people involved. Various penalties could apply to the offense, but what those would be depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident, he said.

"Right now we really just want the person or persons responsible or who know something … to come forward," Porras said.

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Incidents like this aren't reported that often, but they probably happen more than the department is aware of, Porras said.

Conflicts with bears are starting to occur as the animals wake up from hibernation. Wildlife officers have already euthanized one bear that broke into a house in Aspen, Porras said.

Porras wanted to remind people that if they have a conflict, particularly if they use lethal force against an animal, they need to contact wildlife officials immediately.

Anyone with information about the incident or any other conflicts with wildlife can 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.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com

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