I just wanted to share this article that was shared by one of our customers on Santa Fe Trail Ranch because this is a huge concern. I hear stories about people on ranches here locally feeding bears and it always concerns me. Please read on…here is the article.
A visitor discovered 70+ year-old Donna Munson’s body being fed upon by a bear near her home in in Ouray, Colorado. For 10 years Munson, and others at the household, had been feeding bears near the porch–despite repeated warnings from police and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. A wire fence was erected on the porch as a means of protection by the household, reported CBS4Denver and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Sheriff’s deputies investigating the incident were approached by an aggressive, five-year-old, 250-pound bear (the type was not identified) which they subsequently shot and killed. A necropsy, an autopsy of animals, performed by Colorado State University Diagnostic Lab in Grand Junction could not determine whether the bear was involved in feeding on Munson’s body. Sheriff’s deputies also shot and killed a second 394-pound bear at the household; it has not been confirmed whether the larger bear killed Munson. An autopsy performed on Munson, and released on Monday, revealed that the cause of death was mauling.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife–which vigorously supports an anti-bear feeding education campaign and uses the slogan “a fed bear is a dead bear”– threatened legal action against the woman’s household last year for repeatedly denying their warnings. Several previous bears were also trapped on the property and later euthanized.
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