Bear euthanized after attack near Steamboat Springs

A sow with two cubs in tow was euthanized overnight after a man was injured following an attack at his home near Steamboat Springs late Sunday night.

At around 11 p.m. Sunday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) says the homeowner noticed the door to his garage, where he stored birdseed and other attractants, was open. As he went to close the door and upon reaching the garage, he encountered a sow and two cubs.

The man reportedly tried to slowly back away from the garage but was attacked by the sow, CPW said in a news release Monday morning.

CPW, along with park rangers, responded to the home and quickly found the sow near the home. The bear was euthanized and its remains were sent to the agency’s Wildlife Health Lab for necropsy.

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