Colorado Parks and Wildlife: ‘No bear attack occurred’

GILPIN COUNTY, Colo. -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials investigated a report of a bear attack at Golden Gate Canyon State Park on Wednesday afternoon and determined it was inconclusive whether it happened.

CPW said a woman was injured while hiking with her dog on the Coyote Trail near Highway 46 and Mountain Base Road in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Officials said they received the report of an attack about 1:30 p.m.

The woman was taken to St. Anthony Hospital. An investigation and interview with the woman led wildlife officials to determine no bear attack occurred."

Trails reopened in the area. Wildlife officers removed the tape and barricades about 5:30 p.m. and said they did not find a bear.

“This is the time of year that bears are very active,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jason Clay. “They’ll forage up to 20 hours per day, trying to consume 20,000 calories.”

Glenn Williams was at a trailhead near where the reported attack happened. He said he saw an ambulance and a number of law enforcement officers.

"Guy gets out, sheriff, whoever he was, with shotgun, seemed to be loading it,” Williams said. “He walked by me and didn’t say anything. I asked him, is it wildlife? He says there’s a bear ... a bear attack.”

The extent of the woman's injuries are unknown but she was able to walk out of the trail on her own.

Officials added they have never had a bear attack in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Wednesday's incident took place in a part of the park that's just north of Black Hawk.

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