A Colorado woman was found dead Friday night in what authorities believe to be a black bear attack, according to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
A 39-year-old woman disappeared after taking two dogs for a walk near Trimble. Her boyfriend discovered the corpse after looking for her when her dog showed up alone at home.
Authorities noted that the body had “Traces of consumption” and bear dung and fur were found at the scene. Shortly thereafter, a female bear and two bears were followed by a team of dogs.
All the bears were killed, according to Cory Chick, CPW Southwest Region manager.
“With great care, bears were removed for public safety. We urge people to report an aggressive bear encounter to CPW,”; Chick said.
Chick added: “Bear attacks are very rare” called the incident. “A sad reminder that bears are ferocious and potentially dangerous.”
Since CPW began tracking black bears 61 years ago, only three more human attacks have been reported, CPW spokesman Jason Clay said, according to Reuters.
CPW did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
An autopsy will be performed early next week for the woman and will perform an autopsy on the bear, CPW said, the Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory will examine the bear’s DNA and its location, CPW said.
The NACC urges the public to avoid the area until the investigation can be carried out fully.