COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CPW Release) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are searching for a sow with two cubs who attacked a woman in Manitou Springs on Thursday night, accusing, shooting down, and scratching her.
The woman suffered three scratches on her back, but was not seriously injured and did not seek medical attention. She also suffered cuts to her hands and legs when she fell.
A passerby was also chased by a bear a few minutes later on the same block, just south of downtown Manitou Springs.
CPW was alerted to the attack on Friday morning by Manitou Springs police. Interviews with the victim and observation of his injuries convinced officers that he had been attacked by a bear and a search was launched.
The victim told CPW wildlife officers that she was walking home from work around 11:40 pm Thursday when she encountered an adult bear on the street.
The bear accused her. When the victim turned to try to escape, the bear knocked her down from behind, scratching her back and ripping her shirt.
A few minutes later, a colleague of the victim came walking down the same street and was chased by a bear. But he was able to avoid contact with the bear by running around a parked vehicle. She described the bear as dark in color.
A neighbor watching the incident described seeing two cubs in addition to the large adult bear.
The bears finally walked away and the victim walked to her nearby home.
Wildlife managers will do more research and search for the bears. The public is urged to immediately contact CPW with any bear sightings in Manitou Springs. Witnesses can call the Colorado State Patrol after normal business hours to report sightings.
“This victim was very lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in this attack and we are urgently trying to find this bear,” said Cody Wigner, Assistant Wildlife Manager for the Colorado Springs region area.
“We need the public’s help to catch this bear. Any bear that is so aggressive towards people is an imminent threat to public health and safety and must be removed. ”
Wigner warned Manitou Springs residents to be mindful as they walk through the city at night as the search continues. They should carry bear spray, make noise while walking, and don’t walk alone. Pets must be kept on a leash until this bear is caught.
Additionally, Wigner urged Manitou Springs residents to secure all trash cans because this bear has reportedly been seen eating regularly from area trash cans.
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