ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- A man was attacked by a large black bear in his Aspen home in the latest in a string of violent encounters with the animals this summer in the mountain community.A gun may not have done this guy any good, since he was (literally) blindsided.
Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said the man had gone to the first floor of his home to check on his three barking dogs when the bear struck him in the head.
The problem seems to be getting worse in some ways.
Wildlife officers in and near the resort town about 200 miles west of Denver have killed at least nine bears so far this summer because of their aggressive behavior. Area police have responded to about 200 bear sightings in August, up from 16 last August.Garbage and food are apparently attracting bears to the town, as the search for food before hibernating.
[Hampton] said bears are particularly active now because they are preparing for hibernation, consuming about 20,000 calories a day and spending 20 hours a day eatingEscalating aggressiveness of black bears would be a reason for being armed in my book. I guess that's just me.