Bear euthanized after trapping Steamboat Springs family in his home



Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it euthanized the bear after it “displayed aggressive behavior” to officers who responded.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo .– A black bear has been euthanized after being trapped in a Steamboat Springs after trapping a family inside their home for 45 minutes last week.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said in a press release Wednesday that the bear entered a Steamboat Springs home on September 7 through an open garage door. The bear then found itself trapped inside the house, also trapping the family who lived there.

The responding wildlife officers then euthanized the bear after it was unable to exit the residence after 45 minutes.

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“The bear was shot for human health and safety reasons,” CPW said in Wednesday’s press release.

Other nearby residents told CPW that the same bear also recently ate food inside their garages.

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CPW also said bear activity in urban areas could increase over the next few weeks as bears go into binge eating or as bears eat more to prepare for their upcoming winter hibernation.

Bears can eat up to 20,000 calories in 20 hours. Therefore, bears may be more likely to enter places, such as homes and urban areas, than they otherwise could. CPW has warned residents to properly store food sources.

“Colorado residents need to be careful to secure attractants and food sources around their homes that may attract bears,” CPW said.

9NEWS contacted CPW for additional information.

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