Human remains found in black bears after Colorado woman was murdered

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Human remains have been found in the stomachs of two black bears shot in Colorado after shooting a female dog walker

  • The 39-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead by her boyfriend on a rural trail near Durango, Colorado on Friday.
  • When authorities arrived, they found bear poo and hair near the scene before a dog investigation team found a female black bear and her two cubs nearby
  • The three bears were euthanized and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials carried out a necropsy
  • Human remains were found in the stomachs of the bear and one of her cubs
  • More tests are being conducted to try to identify possible reasons that could have led to an attack

Human remains have been found in the stomachs of two of the three black bears that were euthanized after they ripped to death a woman while walking her dogs in Colorado.

The 39-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead by her boyfriend on a rural trail near Durango, in the southwest of the state on Friday.

When authorities arrived, they found bear poo and her near the scene before a dog investigation team found a female black bear and her two cubs nearby.

The three bears were euthanized, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials performed a necropsy similar to a human autopsy.

Human remains were found in the stomachs of the bear and one of her cubs.

The 39-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead by her boyfriend on a rural trail near Durango, in the southwest of the state on Friday.  When authorities arrived (scene pictured above), they found bear poo and hair near the scene before a dog investigation team found a female black bear and her two cubs nearby

The 39-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead by her boyfriend on a rural trail near Durango, in the southwest of the state on Friday. When authorities arrived (scene pictured above), they found bear poo and hair near the scene before a dog investigation team found a female black bear and her two cubs nearby

The bears were all found to be healthy according to an initial examination by a pathologist.

They showed no signs of illness and had adequate fat stores after the hibernation season, the agency said.

A microscopic examination of their body tissue and rabies testing to find other possible reasons that could have led them to an attack takes up to two weeks.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friend, family, and friends of the woman we lost in this tragic event,” said Cory Chick, CPW’s regional manager, announcing the autopsy findings.

“We cannot determine with certainty how or why this attack took place, but it is important that the public does not blame this woman for the unfortunate and tragic event.”

Chick said the sow may have taught her yearlings that humans are a source of food, not something to fear or avoid, making them dangerous to humans.

Human remains were found in the stomachs of the bear and one of her cubs.  More tests are being performed to try to identify possible reasons that could have led to an attack (file image)

Human remains were found in the stomachs of the bear and one of her cubs. More tests are being performed to try to identify possible reasons that could have led to an attack (file image)

Authorities say they believe the woman had taken her dogs for a walk earlier in the day.

Her boyfriend told police he had arrived home to find their two dogs with their leashes still on, but his girlfriend was missing.

He discovered her torn body about an hour later.

An autopsy on the woman’s body is scheduled for Tuesday.

The most recent deadly bear attack in Colorado occurred in August 2009 near Ouray, also in the southwestern part of the state.

A 74-year-old woman was killed by a 394-pound male black bear, and an investigation found she had been illegally feeding bears through the fence in her yard.

The woman’s death is just the fourth fatal torn apart in the state since record-keeping began in 1960.

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