A dog helped save the life of a woman victim of a bear attack
NEW CASTLE, Colo. (KDVR) – A woman staying at a Colorado home credits her dog for saving her life when she was attacked by a bear early Wednesday morning.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed it was a black bear that charged her around 2 a.m. when she went out to check the hot tub cover.
Akasha Jensen said her dog ran after her and started barking at a tree. The next thing she knew, the bear was all over her.
“I was screaming, so it fell on me!” she says.
She said the encounter lasted about five minutes but the bear injured his arm, shoulder and back. She was taken to a hospital in nearby Glenwood Springs.
When New Castle police arrived they determined there were four bears – the sow and three cubs. The CPW was notified of the incident and ordered officers to shoot and kill the sow. New Castle officers managed to track down the sow, shot her and killed her.
CPW officers were able to find three cubs in the area. One was euthanized and two others remained in a tree, prompting CPW to make the decision to tranquilize and remove them rather than euthanize them.
Investigation of the incident revealed that the sow was the only bear to attack the woman, so the surviving cubs were sent for rehabilitation.
The bears had been spotted in the area but showed no aggression towards humans or threatening behavior which is why they were not moved.
CPW officers typically euthanize bears if they are no longer fearful of humans or after an attack to prevent future bear attacks.
Wildlife officers remind people in bear country to be aware of bears
This is the time of year when bears are fattening up for hibernation and the lack of food sources will draw them into human spaces to find food. Here are some ways to keep bears away from your home:
- Do not feed bears or feed other wildlife that attract bears.
- Be responsible for trash and bird feeders.
- Burn food from barbecue grills and clean them after each use.
- Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including house, garage, and vehicle doors.
- Don’t leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything smelly in your vehicle.
- Pick fruit before it ripens and clean up fallen fruit.
- Ask your neighbors to do their part to be responsible.