Bear kills dog in Aspen homeowner’s backyard |

Bear kills dog in Aspen homeowner’s backyard

ASPEN — A year-old bear killed a Welsh terrier Tuesday morning in the backyard of a home off Colorado Highway 82 near Independence Pass, said Ginna Gordon, a community resource officer with the Aspen Police Department.

The homeowner let Clover, a 14-year-old terrier, out at about 7 a.m. to go to the bathroom, Gordon said. A bear was under the backyard deck, Clover barked at it, and the bear killed the dog, she said.

“The bear felt trapped, and that’s why it acted the way it did,” Gordon said. “It was not trying to seek out the dog. It was an act of defense.”

The bear was not in the area by the time officers arrived at the home, she said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager Kurtis Tesch suggested pet owners keep a close eye on their dogs when letting them out in the morning and using a leash to keep dogs close.

“We’re seeing more and more (bear) activity throughout the valley,” he said. “They’re putting on weight for winter.”

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