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Search underway for bear that attacked Aspen homeowner in the night

Randy Hampton
Northwest Region Public Information Officer
970-640-1647 /


Picture of a black bear in Colorado
ASPEN, Colo. - CPW officers are on the scene of a bear attack in Aspen. The incident began about 1:30 a.m. when a homeowner responded to noises in his house. A large bear had entered the home through the front door. 

The bear attacked the homeowner with a paw swipe, which resulted in severe lacerations to the victim’s head and neck.The victim was transported to the hospital and is undergoing surgery. The victim is stable and the injuries are not life threatening at this point. 

The bear left the home and a search is underway. Tracking hounds will be used to locate the bear responsible for the attack. Due to the nature of the incident, the bear will be euthanized when it is found. 

The bear matches the description of a bear that has been frequenting the Castle Creek neighborhood for several days. It may also be the same bear that has been reported for getting into trash in the area for the past couple of years. Past attempts to haze or trap and relocate the bear have been unsuccessful. 

This is the first bear attack in Aspen this year. In 2019, wildlife officers responded to three bear-human attacks in the Aspen area. 

Information about living in bear country can be found on the CPW website at

Wildlife managers will conduct further investigation and search for the bear. Further details will be made available as they become available. 

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