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Wildlife officials find human remains in bears suspected of killing a woman in Colorado

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Human remains were found in the stomachs of two black bears suspected of killing a woman in southwestern Colorado, state wildlife officials said.

(CNN)Human remains were found in the stomachs of two black bears suspected of killing a woman in southwestern Colorado, state wildlife officials said.

Officials later found three bears -- a mother and her two yearling bears -- near the woman's mauled body and euthanized them to keep them from attacking humans again, said Cory Chick, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region manager.

But two of the bears -- the mother and one of the yearlings -- had human remains in their stomachs, the wildlife agency said.

It's not clear yet why the bears consumed human remains, but bears can grow aggressive if humans are "in the way" of their food sources, Chick said.

Bear attacks on humans are extremely rare in Colorado -- the only recorded fatal attacks happened in 1971, 1993 and 2009, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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