Bear That Bit Durango Campers Linked To Earlier Attacks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have linked a bear that was recently killed after biting two people illegally camping near Durango to a second attack.

Parks and Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski tells the Durango Herald that DNA testing of hair samples shows that the bear that attacked Joshua Barber on May 31 was also responsible for an attack on two people in the same area on May 23.

He says the bear was rooting around the camp area near the Durango Tech Center that was strewn with trash and food.

Wildlife officials killed the bear June 1 after campers found it biting 21-year-old Barber. He was hospitalized but is recovering.