Elderly Woman Killed Was Under Investigation for Feeding Bears

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

The Division of Wildlife is helping the Ouray County Sheriff's Office investigate the death of 74-year-old Donna Munson. Wildlife officers say evidence suggests that she was mauled by a bear or bears, and that portions of her body were eaten by the animal.

Munson's body was found outside her Ouray home Friday.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says Munson had been under investigation for the last ten years for intentionally feeding bears. Officials say she even built a metal fence over her porch so she could feed the animals through it.

While sheriff's deputies were investigating her death, they had to kill a five year old bear that aggressively approached them. Another large bear has also since been shot and killed at Munson's home.

Just last year the DOW sent Munson a written notice warning her of the dangers of feeding bears and told her of the possible legal penalties.

The Montrose County Coroner will perform an autopsy on Munson's body to determine the exact cause of death.

Authorities will also take a look at the dead bears to see if they were responsible for the attack by performing a necropsy on each one.

This is the third time a bear has killed a person in Colorado since the Division of Wildlife began tracking bear-human encounters in the 1960's.

The DOW tells 11News more bears may have to be put down if they come back to Munson's home and show no fear of humans or aggression.

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