A woman has been horrifically savaged by a bear as she was investigating why the lid of her hot tub was removed.
The unnamed woman from New Castle, Colorado, USA, went out into her garden at 2am to investigate what had happened to her hot tub.
While inspecting her tub, she was viciously attacked by a what is reported to have been a black bear that was hiding in the trees near her home.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CWP) said in a statement: “The bear, later determined to be the sow, swiped at the woman, hitting and severely lacerating her arm.
“The victim was able to get away from the bear and inside her home where she called 911.″
Upon discovering the giant animal and her cubs by New Castle PD, the authorities made the decision to euthanise the mother and one of the cubs, leaving the other two alive – for now.
The CWP explained: “The decision was made to euthanise the bears. One cub [and the mother] was euthanised.
“Given the location of the two other cubs in the tree, along with the close proximity of a busy road and several homes, CPW made the decision to wait on euthanising the other two cubs.”
While their natural home is the forest, due to the expansion of homes and settlements, more bears have ventured into towns in search of an easy meal.
Bears that are drawn to the smell of human food and garbage are much more likely to attack, especially if surprised, threatened, or protecting their cubs.
However, fatal attacks are rare, as Colorado’s last death was reported in 2009.
While bears entering human areas is dangerous for people, it’s also dangerous for the mammals themselves, due to the dangers of cars hitting them, poaching, and euthanasia in the aftermath of an attack.
This article by Dimitris Kouimtsidis and Milica Cosic was first published by The Daily Star on 3 September 2022. Lead Image: The attack took place in Colorado, USA (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/Gallo Images ROOTS).
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