Bear Attacks in Aspen Colorado
Two different campers were bitten in their tents within a couple of days in the Maroon Bells area outside of Aspen, Colorado. Now there is an extra need for caution, and speculation if it is one single bear or more that are attacking tents. The two most recent attacks happened Friday and Saturday and were about a mile and a half apart. Tuesday morning a vacant tent was collapsed by a bear 6 miles south of Aspen.
Usually when bears attack tents it is due to improper food storage, or leaving trash around. Both of the incidents near Crater Lake were properly bear-proofed. At one camp the food was in a tree, 75 feet away from the tents and the other was equally as clean.
Friday around 5:30 am a bear crashed a tent, and bit one of the campers inside the tent. The bite only resulted in minor injuries. Then Saturday morning there were 3 different campers sleeping in separate tents at Minnehaha Gulch. A little after 2 am a bear crashed a tent and bit the 51 yr old male occupant's leg, he yelled and his camping companions came. They yelled and tried to scare the bear off but he lingered in the area.
Wildlife officials are using dogs to track the bear/bears that are responsible for these attacks. If they are found they will be destroyed.
Due to recent attacks some campgrounds in Colorado have banned tents and soft-sided campers. Those campgrounds are Glade Park in Mesa County and Mud Springs campground. From Denverpost.com.