Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have called off the search for a bear that injured a woman who was camping at the Monument Lake Resort in Trinidad last Friday.
The incident occurred at around 2 AM, when a bear popped a beach ball outside of the woman’s tent.
“The noise woke the victim’s 2-year-old daughter, who started crying. The victim moved her daughter to comfort her, likely brushing the side of the tent.”
The bear then swatted the tent and struck the woman’s head through the fabric. She suffered minor injuries and did not seek medical attention.
CPW launched a search of the area with crews from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and their dogs. Teams followed the bear’s scent for several miles but it never stopped or treed, according to the release.
“We called off the team of dogs and pulled the trap out. Given the circumstances of this incident, we are confident there is not an aggressive bear in the area,” said Mike Brown, CPW’s Area Wildlife Manager for the region said in a news release.
“The pursuit by the dogs and team had the effect of potentially relocating the bear involved in addition to hazing other bears within the area,” he said.
CPW is also working with the resort to make the campsite more bear-aware by getting bear-proof trash cans and teaching hazing techniques.
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