No reason seen for bear killing woman |

No reason seen for bear killing woman

Allen Best
Vail,CO Colorado

CANMORE, B.C. ” A 31-year-old Calgary woman who was mountain biking on trails near the Panorama ski resort was killed by a large black bear. Searchers found her body being aggressively guarded by the bear, which was shot.

A spokeswoman for Panorama Mountain village told the Invermere Valley Echo that the woman left patrolled trails. It was not clear, however, that being off a marked trail made any difference.

Paul Visentin, the wildlife officer for the area, told Whistler’s Pique Newsmagazine that there was no good reason for the bear attack. No dead animals were found nearby, nor was it a mother with cubs, he said. The bear was healthy.

“None of the normal situations that we look at came into play here,” he said.

As of 2006, there had only been 56 documented killings of humans by black bears in North America during the previous 100 years.

Meanwhile, in Banff National Park, a grizzly sow chased two mountain bikers who mistakenly came between her and her cubs, but later ran away.

TELLURIDE ” A organization called the Republican Study Committee of Colorado has asked for the e-mail messages sent by all three Gunnison county commissioners, plus Garfield County’s Tresi Houpt and San Miguel County’s Art Goodtimes. All are Democrats save for Goodtimes, a Green Party member.

The Telluride Watch says that the e-mail records of the last five years show that Goodtimes is out to reform Club 20, the Western Slope advocacy group. That simple fact is neither new nor news among people who pay attention to such things.

Just the same, copying all the records has been a royal pain, said the San Miguel county administrator, something that any number of federal land officials would likely second.

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. ” The inventory of real estate for sale in Jackson Hole continues to decline, but the median sales prices continue to soar.

The median home-sale price four years ago was $542,000. Now, it’s at $1.2 million, appraiser David Viehman reports. In other words, prices have doubled in the last four years, with a 28 percent increase in just the last year.

Condo prices have also escalated. Last year at this time the least expensive condo on the market was $205,000. This year, as of early July, the least expensive condo available for purchase was $512,000, said Viehman, of Jackson Hole Real Estate and Appraisal.

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