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Wildlife Officers Working To Trap, Kill Bear That Attacked Hiker Near Aspen


TOMORROW, SOME RAIN AND SNOW OUT THERE IN SOME AREAS, WE WILL TALK ABOUT WHEN WARMER AND DRIER WEATHER MAY ROLL BACK INTO COLORADO. WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THAT, A COVERAGE OF COLORADO TAKES YOU TO ASPEN WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING TOLD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR AN AGGRESSIVE BEAR, THE ANNABLE BIT A WOMAN WHO WAS HIKING NOT FAR FROM TOWN, MATT WAS COVERING THE MOUNTAINS FOR US, AND THAT THANKFULLY THESE ATTACKS ARE RARE. Reporter: THEY ARE AND THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS IN ALL OF THIS, THERE IS A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN YOU LIVE IN THEIR COUNTRY, WILDLIFE OFFICERS THOUGH TELL US THAT THESE HIKERS INVOLVED IN THIS ENCOUNTER WERE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT AND THERE WAS STILL AN ATTACK. BIG BEARS, BIG PROBLEMS. TRAIL CLOSED SIGNS AND BEAR WARNINGS CREATE HIKERS, WE GET A LOT OF BEARS AROUND HERE. BILLY LAWRENCE LIVED ALONG THE TRAIL. I HAVE LIVED IN ASPEN 24 YEARS. BEARS WANDERED THROUGH HIS BACKYARD. FREQUENTLY. AN ATTACK HERE MONDAY HAS BILLY WORRIED FOR HIS KIDS SAFETY. AND HIS COMMUNITY. IS SIX, IT IS EXTREME THE CONCERNING CONSIDERING I HAVE EIGHT AND A SIX-YEAR-OLD. THAT PLAY IN THIS YARD ALL THE TIME. A A WOMAN REPORTED THAT SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE HIKING WHEN THE BEAR STARTED WALKING TOWARDS THEM. THE WOMAN SAYS THEY TRIED TO GIVE THE BEAR SOME SPACE AND THEY STEPPED OFF THE TRAIL AS THE BEAR WALKED BY. SHE SAYS IT SUDDENLY TURNED AND CHARGED AND BIT HER. WILDLIFE OFFICIALS HAVE TRAPPED , TRAPS SET AND THEY ARE URGING RESIDENTS TO BE CAUTIOUS, MOTHER NATURE, WE GOT TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH THEM AND FOR THEM. OFFICERS SAY IF THEY FIND IS AGGRESSIVE BEAR, IT WILL BE KILLED. THAT IS DRAWING CRITICISM ONLINE, HUNDREDS OF COMMENTERS ON FACEBOOK, DEMANDING THE BEAR BE GIVEN A PARDON, THAT IS SOMETHING WILDLIFE MANAGERS SAY THEY WON’T RISK. I STAND BEHIND THE D.O. W ON DOING WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO. PARKS AND WILDLIFE BROUGHT IN A SPECIALIZED TEAM FROM THE USDA TO HELP IN THIS TRACKING OPERATION FOR THE BEAR AND THAT LAST CHECK, JUST TEXTING WITH SOME OF THOSE

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