3 Recent Bear Attacks in Aspen, CO Leaves Despairing Officials Pleading with Residents

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Wildlife officials are pleading with people in Aspen, CO to keep their garbage and other edibles secure from the animals after the third bear attack on a human in as many months.

In the latest attack, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports a black bear bit a restaurant manager who was trying to scare the animal out of a trash bin Sunday. The agency says the bear will be killed if it can be found because it has little fear of humans and could attack again.

“If people do not take this issue seriously, I believe it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed,” said CPW’s Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita. “We as a community have been lucky that injuries to humans this summer have been relatively minor, but these attacks should be taken as a serious warning to take action now.”

Officials said the bear, described by the victim as weighing up to 400 pounds, was scavenging for food and questioned why the trash bin was left open.

A bear bit an Aspen hiker in May, and another bear scratched a man’s arm in July.

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