Colorado authorities are investigating a fatal and rare bear attack that claimed the life of a 39-year-old woman walking her two dogs on Friday.
The victim’s boyfriend called La Plata County Sheriff’s Office saying that he didn’t hear from her since she left the home in the morning.
He then went looking for her and ultimately found her remains off US Highway 550 near Trimble.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers said that the woman’s body was partially eaten. At the scene, bear fur and feces were found.
The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services launched an investigation to locate the attacker bear. The team found a female bear and two cubs in the area.
“This is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous,” CPW manager Cory Chick said adding that bear attacks in Colorado are “extremely rare.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, the bears were removed for public safety. We ask the public to report any encounter with an aggressive bear to CPW.”