Attack in wilderness area requires rescue response; injured camper may need surgery
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A 20-year-old camper in the Minnehaha Gulch area of the Maroon Bells –Snowmass Wilderness Area was seriously injured by a bear early Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The camper was evacuated by Aspen Mountain Rescue and hospitalized. He is expected to require surgery.
The Forest Service said the exact nature of the attack is unknown at this time, but that the camper, along with his companions, had stored their food safely. Officials suspect that an empty food container may have been left in the tent and attracted the bear.
The injury was the second incident in the past 24 hours in the same general area. At 5:30 a.m. Friday, a black bear entered a campsite near Crater Lake, damaging a tent and making contact with a camper, who later reported minor injuries to the Forest Service. (more…)
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