“The woman, a resident of Durango, is believed to have walked with her two dogs earlier on Friday, according to information provided to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office by her friend,” the statement said.
The boyfriend last heard from the woman this morning, and when he returned home around 8:30 p.m., he “found the two dogs outside their home, but the woman has disappeared,” CPW reported.
“He started looking for her and found her body around 9:30 p.m.” From U.S. Highway 550, north of Durango, and call 911, the statement said. “CPW response staff responded and noticed signs of body consumption and an abundance of bears and hair at the scene.”
“A team of dogs quickly found a pig (female) black bear with a two-year-old nearby. The bears were euthanized and taken to the CPW Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for necropsy,” CPW said.
“Bear attacks are extremely rare,” said Corey Chick, manager of the CPW Southwest Region. “It’s a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.”
There have been only three fatal bear attacks in Colorado in the last few decades – in 1971, 1993 and 2009, according to the CPW.
A La Plata County investigator will perform an autopsy on the woman by early next week, the statement said.