Division of Wildlife officials are searching for the bear that attacked an Aspen woman Monday night.
Just after 10 p.m. the woman’s dog began barking as she walked through her house. Officials say she suddenly came face-to-face with a large bear. The woman tried to open the front door to get the bear out of the house but it attacked her, clawing her chest and back. She was able to get away and call 911. Officials say the bear stayed in the home for a short time but left when police arrived.
Division of Wildlife officials say if they find the bear it will be euthanized.
An investigation shows there was nothing around the woman’s house to attract the bear and that it opened an unlocked set of French doors to get in. Officials say based on the description of the bear and the way it got in, it might be same one involved in other similar home entries in the Aspen area.
DOW and Aspen officials urge residents to keep doors and windows locked to minimize bear problems.