Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed a bear overnight, believed to have been the bear responsible for injuring a young girl in an early Sunday morning attack in East Orchard Mesa.

CPW officers will transport the bear’s carcass to the agency’s Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins.

Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight, actively monitoring them and continuing the investigation, when they observed the bear walking up to a residence approximately a half-mile away from the location of the attack. Officers killed the bear before it entered the trap.

Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham said in a statement that DNA results will provide the confirmation, but they remain confident they have the right bear,” “However, they will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution.”

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears, and all wildlife, to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food.

The White River National Forest remind the public to be aware of the annual closure of the area from Two Creeks to West Buttermilk, in order to protect critical elk calving habitat.  The closure includes the following trails, which are closed until June 21:

·               Tom Blake Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Anaerobic Nightmare Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Sequel Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Government Trail #1980: Closed May 15 until June 21

The closures involve land owned by Town of Snowmass Village and United States Forest Service, as well as areas on Snowmass Ski Area.

ear responsible for injuring a young girl in an early Sunday morning attack in East Orchard Mesa.

CPW officers will transport the bear’s carcass to the agency’s Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins.

Wildlife officers placed three traps in the area overnight, actively monitoring them and continuing the investigation, when they observed the bear walking up to a residence approximately a half-mile away from the location of the attack. Officers killed the bear before it entered the trap.

Based on the description of the bear and its behavior, wildlife officers are confident the dead bear is the same bear involved in the attack on the girl.

Area Wildlife Manager Kirk Oldham said in a statement that DNA results will provide the confirmation, but they remain confident they have the right bear,” “However, they will leave all three traps in place for the time being out of an abundance of caution.”

In addition to the traps, CPW officers and USDA Wildlife Services personnel will continue searching the area for any additional bears.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises the public to avoid attracting bears, and all wildlife, to their residences by removing attractants, including trash, bird feeders and other potential sources of food.

The White River National Forest remind the public to be aware of the annual closure of the area from Two Creeks to West Buttermilk, in order to protect critical elk calving habitat.  The closure includes the following trails, which are closed until June 21:

·               Tom Blake Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Anaerobic Nightmare Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Sequel Trail and area: Closed April 25 until June 21

·               Government Trail #1980: Closed May 15 until June 21

The closures involve land owned by Town of Snowmass Village and United States Forest Service, as well as areas on Snowmass Ski Area.