Bear bites Larkspur man in the hand; animal is euthanized

A bear bit a Larkspur man’s hand Friday morning and state wildlife officers euthanized the animal.

Circumstances surrounding the bite appear to involve feeding and habituation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release. An investigation is ongoing.

“People think they are doing the right thing by feeding wildlife and that it helps them out when in fact that selfish action causes them to lose their wild nature, is harmful to their well being and in some cases causes them to become dangerous,” said Mark Leslie, CPW Northeast Region Manager, in the release.


— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) August 14, 2020

The man who was bitten was treated at a hospital and released.

At about 7:10 a.m., CPW received a call reporting the incident.

“Responding wildlife officers searched the area for the bear, which had returned to the home and was euthanized at 9:50 a.m.,” the release said. “Due to the nature of the incident and the bear inflicting injury to a human, by state policy that animal must be euthanized.”

The bear was taken to a CPW lab where a necropsy will be performed. The Tri-County Health Department has been notified.

“The unlawful feeding of bears and all wildlife is a problem in Larkspur and the greater area, and it needs to stop,” said Wildlife Officer Sean Dodd. “This is a prime example of why laws are in place that prohibit those actions, it leads to the habituation of our wildlife and creates a public safety issue.”


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