May 19, 2012 11:59 AM by Matt Stafford

Woman hurt by bear at her home in southern Colo.

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a woman is recovering after being injured by a bear outside her home near Trinidad, in southern Colorado.

Agency spokesman Randy Hampton says the woman was alerted by a grandson late Friday afternoon that a bear was in the yard.

The woman got her grandchildren inside and then went back out and beat pots and pans together in an effort to scare the animal away.

But Hampton says the startled bear reacted by swiping or biting the woman, before she was able to get away. He didn't have further details on her injuries.

The animal ran off after a neighbor shot at it. But it returned after the arrival of Las Animas County sheriff's officials and a wildlife officer, and it was shot and killed.

Hampton says the bear, believed to be a male about 1 to 2 years old, and will be examined to see if there was anything that prompted the attack.

The confrontation occurred in a subdivision about five miles southwest of Trinidad.


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