Startled bear attacks hunter in Park County | VailDaily.com

Startled bear attacks hunter in Park County

Glenwood Springs Post Independent staff report

A man suffered minor injuries Friday after being attacked by a black bear near Red Hill in South Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said.

The man, who was scouting for a hunting trip, was walking at about 5 p.m. near a stream when he encountered a bear. The bear attacked and knocked him to the ground. The man fought off the attack and the bear ran away, CPW said.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his hands, legs and abdomen. Paramedics treated him, but he was not hospitalized. Wildlife officers interviewed the man and collected samples of his clothing for DNA.

"Thankfully, the injuries were not severe," said Northeast Regional Manager Mark Leslie. "This looks like a chance encounter where the bear was likely startled."

CPW officers have set traps and have asked for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to track the bear. Once captured, the bear will be euthanized and a necropsy will be performed to determine if the bear had rabies or other abnormalities.

CPW warns hunters and tent campers in the area of Park County to take precautions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters. Food should be stored in bearproof containers and away from tents and campsites.