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Colorado officials kill bear suspected of biting hiker’s leg

A bear suspected of biting a Colorado hiker has been tracked and killed by wildlife officials.

The Aspen Times reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials followed the bear’s trail in the morning and killed it on Highway 82 shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.

A woman and her husband say they saw the bear Monday walking toward them on a trail in Aspen and stepped aside. As the animal passed it charged the woman and bit her thigh before running off.

Officials say the woman’s injury was treated at a hospital and did not appear serious.

Officials say the carcass will be taken to the state’s Wildlife Health Laboratory for a necropsy and then sent to a laboratory in Wyoming for DNA testing.

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