Black bear that attacks Colorado boy is euthanized

A black bear in Colorado has been euthanized after attacking a boy at a campground near Leadville, CO.

Rick Voss, 13, was camping with his family when the black bear entered his tent and began sniffing around. Wildlife officials said it had rummaged through coolers and eaten food prior to entering the tent.

Voss was asleep when the bear entered his tent and said it began to sniff all over his body, while he stayed still. The bear tried to drag Voss outside of the tent, causing deep bite injuries to his leg.Voss’s cousin, who was also in the tent, ran for help when the bear bit down. The bear chased the other boy, who hid in a trailer until the bear was gone.Voss was taken to the local hospital, treated for the deep lacerations and released. He’s expected to recover fully.A Park official told CNN: “We manage wild bears for a healthy and thriving population, but when an individual bear enters a tent and attacks a sleeping person, we manage that animal to protect the public safety.” There are an estimated 12,000 black bears on Colorado public land.

The incident occurred at the Quail Mountain Recreation Area, where the Colorado Bowhunters Association was holding its annual jamboree. Due to the jamboree, the campground was heavily populated at the time of the attack. Park officials announced that the bear would have to be killed because of the dangerous aggression demonstrated by entering the populated area.

Using 10 dogs, park officials tracked and found the bear by late afternoon on the same day. The 200-pound black bear was euthanized that night.

Wild bears can develop a taste for human food and garbage. Knowing and performing proper storage of these items keeps you and the bear safe. Always keep food and garbage away from your sleeping area and tie it up in a tree where the bear cannot reach it. Carry garbage with you and never leave it at a campsite.
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  1. Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure the boy would be dead if he hadn’t just laid very still while the bear was sniffing him.

  2. Posted July 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    the whole thing is very sad, but, my thought is, why was there food around? perhaps not in their campsite, but I have had the experience of camping out west, and, ALL food is to be stowed away to prevent bear from coming to the sites, and, in Yellowstone, u cannot even cook at your site, there are designated “cook” areas far removed from tent camping : (

  3. Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    If there was food around, was there food in the tent or had the boy recently taken a shower? Shampoo and soap smells good to bears.

  4. Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    anyone camping in leadville should know to take extra precautions for bears. This crap happens every year in Colorado. I hate it! If I see anymore pictures on the news of bears inside peoples homes ill scream. Its usually the humans fault sadly 🙁

  5. Posted November 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t the bears falt, we are the ones tresspassing not the bears. It is just like when you walk into a yard with a sign that private property no tresspassing. We are taking the risk of the possible consequences. Well it is no different in the woods, the bears don’t know any better and every time we go camping that is a risk we are taking.

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