Bear shot, dumped near trash in Snowmass Village

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A bear was wrapped in a tarp and left at a trash enclosure in Snowmass Village last week (Photo: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — State park and wildlife officials are trying to figure out who dumped the carcass of a bear wrapped in a tarp outside of a trash enclosure in Snowmass Village.

The Aspen Daily News reported that the parks and wildlife division released a photo of the adult bear on Friday.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife district manager Kevin Wright, the bear was shot twice, likely on the evening of May 5.

The animal was hit “at fairly close range” in the lower abdomen and in the behind, and in the face and shoulder, Wright told the Aspen Daily.

Trash collectors reported the bear after they found it in the Two Creeks neighborhood on May 6.

“Killing a bear and abandoning the carcass is a serious offense,” Wright stated in a press release. “However, the person who did this still has the opportunity to do the right thing turn and themselves in.”

Wright also told the paper that an unusual type of rope was used to tie the tarp up.

State wildlife officers are asking anyone with information about the bear to call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at (970) 947-2920.

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