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Wildlife officers search for aggressive bear near Chambers Lake campground

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 20:08:26-04

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — State wildlife officers are looking for an aggressive bear that showed no fear of humans when it paid a weekend visit to a Chambers Lake campground, according to a release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The bear reportedly swiped at a tent early in the morning Saturday and knocked a cooler off a truck into a tent.

It came back later that evening and showed no fear of humans despite attempts at scaring it off. Wildlife officers said a man had fired warning shots in the first time. The second time it came around, people tried honking their horns and using pepper spray.

Bears usually stay away from people, but if a bear has been fed or has lost its natural fear of humans, they can be extremely dangerous.

Tactics the Chambers Lake campers used to try to scare the animal off will not work if a bear loses that fear, the CPW release read. Wildlife officers say bear spray could be useful in these cases.

The CPW release did not include information on the agency's plans if wildlife officers find the bear.

In July, the CPW received 1,178 bear reports statewide.