WINTER PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – A bear was shot and killed by campers on U.S. Forest Service land near Winter Park on Sunday.
According to Mike Porras with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the bear came into the family’s campground while they were present and went after some food that was out.
An armed adult attempted to scare the bear by firing two shots but the bear didn’t show any fear and wouldn’t leave. The camper then shot and killed the bear and immediately reported the shooting to wildlife officers.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has determined the shooting was justified and no charges or citations will be brought against the camper.
“They made an effort to haze the bear and it did not leave,” Porras said in a statement. “This area has already had some bear activity. Wildlife officers had been already in that area that day advising campers.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that the family was away from the campground when the bear first appeared, which was not the case.