A 39-year-old Colorado woman was killed in an apparent bear attack while walking her two dogs, authorities said Saturday.
Her friend told officers he returned home around 8:30 p.m. MT on Friday, according to state park officials. He found the dogs in front of a residence near Trimble, Colorado, but the woman disappeared.
He found her body an hour later and called 911, a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.
Wildlife officials said they found “signs of consumption on the body and an abundance of bears and hair at the scene.”
Subsequently, a team of dogs from the US Department of Agriculture for wildlife services found a female black bear with two years old nearby.
The bears were euthanized. The mother̵
“Attacks on bears are extremely rare,” said Corey Chick, manager of the southwestern region for parks and wildlife in Colorado. “It’s a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.”
The woman’s name was expected to be announced by a local forensic doctor, who is expected to perform an autopsy early next week.
Josh Thief and Austin Mullen contributed.