Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bear attacks horse at Aurora facility - Full Article

The Associated Press
Monday, September 21, 2009

AURORA - A 500-pound black bear attacked a horse at a private boarding facility in the southwest Denver suburbs, wildlife officials said.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife said the horse suffered deep cuts on its neck and claw marks on its side early Friday morning.

DOW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the bear likely will not stay in the area and that it may have gone back to the mountains where it came from.

Churchill said this type of attack is rare, and the animals may have spooked each other in the dark.

Wildlife officials said they found paw prints near the area leading toward the boarding facility and other prints leading toward the mountains.

"We don't think at this time this bear is going to stay in that area or go after livestock; it's a rare kind of situation," she said. The horse, named Cody, is expected to recover.


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