Wounded bears euthanized in western Colorado

Posted at 4:24 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 18:24:29-04

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Two wounded bears have been euthanized in western Colorado.

One bear with broken back legs was spotted recently roaming near Aspen Village. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials shot the bear when they caught up with it Wednesday.

The Aspen Times reports another wounded bear that tried to break into a car and charged a person was shot and killed in the upper Fryingpan Valley.

Officials say the bear likely cut itself earlier on a trash container.

Kurtis Tesch with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says 18 bears have had to be killed in the Aspen area since spring. Tesch says many problems with bears are caused by people leaving their homes and trash accessible to the animals.