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The Latest: Bear put down after attack in Colorado home

August 27, 2019

PINE, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a bear attack in a Colorado home (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A bear that is believed to have attacked a Colorado man after getting into his home on Monday night has been killed.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a dog team helped find the bear near the home in Pine in the foothills about 46 miles (74 kilometers) southwest of Denver and the animal was euthanized Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a black bear and her cub entered the home through a screen door and began eating bread in the kitchen while a 71-year-old man and his wife were downstairs watching television. Wildlife officials say that when the man came upstairs after hearing noises, he suddenly found himself face-to-face with the sow and the two got into what he described as a boxing match. His wife also hit the bear multiple times with a baseball bat. The bear and the cub eventually ran out the door.

The man suffered several scratches and cuts.

The cub has not been found.

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1:20 p.m.

Authorities say a Colorado man was attacked by a hungry mother bear who got into his home but he managed to escape serious harm.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says a black bear and her cub entered the home Monday night in Pine in the foothills about 46 miles (74 kilometers) southwest of Denver and began eating bread. When the 71-year-old man and his wife heard noises and went to investigate, the office says the adult bear attacked the man. It says he punched the bear while his wife hit the animal with a baseball bat until both bears ran out through the screen door they had used to get into the home.

The man suffered several scratches and cuts.

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