Bear suspected in attacks near Aspen is killed |

Bear suspected in attacks near Aspen is killed

Officers from three state and federal agencies Sunday morning caught and killed a black bear suspected of attacking campers Friday and Saturday southwest of Aspen.

Tracking dogs picked up the bear’s scent immediately at about 6:30 a.m. and within 30 minutes had it treed off a public trail within a mile of where the two attacks occurred, said Mike Porras, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“Based on that, the description the campers gave us and the behavior of the bear, we’re certain we killed the right one,” he said.

The animal was to be tested for rabies.

Dogs tracked the bear Saturday, after the second attack near the Maroon Bells in Pitkin County but lost it.

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