Bear suspected of killing 8 Pueblo farm animals

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Bear behind a tree

Photo of young bear taken by Mike Hollister June 17, 2009

Pueblo, Colo. (AP) - Wildlife officers are trying to trap a bear believed to have killed lambs, goats and pigs at a Pueblo-area farm this week.

A total of eight animals were killed in attacks on Tuesday and Thursday.

Division of Wildlife Spokesman Michael Seraphin says the attacking animal is almost certainly a juvenile bear, but officers have also set out a trap for a mountain lion in addition to bear traps.

They also set up a motion-sensor camera and assigned a wildlife officer to watch the property for two consecutive mornings.

Louella Cruz, whose family owns the farm where the animal was killed, says the family hasn't seen the attacker but heard the farm animals' cries. She says the sound is ``horrible.''

Cruz will be reimbursed $1,100 under a game damage program.

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