A dog walker is believed to have been killed and partially eaten by a bear in a horrific footpath attack.
The woman, 39, was found dead off a highway near the city of Durango in Colorado, US.
Authorities said there was “signs of consumption” on her body after it was discovered on Friday night (April 29).
Her boyfriend told officials she had gone walking with her two pooches earlier in the day.
The last time she spoke to him was late on Friday morning, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
Her boyfriend, who has not been named, returned home at 8.30pm and found the two dogs outside their home.
But his girlfriend, who has also not been named, was missing so he started searching for her.
He eventually found the body at around 9.30pm and then called emergency services to report the incident.
Wildlife officials called in a dog team to search the area and they soon found a female black bear with two yearlings nearby.
The bears were killed and taken to a laboratory for a necropsy.
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DNA evidence from the animals and the scene will be sent for testing in a forensic lab as well.
Cory Chick, the southwest region manager of the CPW, said: “Bear attacks are extremely rare.
“This is a tragic event and a sad reminder that bears are wild and potentially dangerous.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the bears were removed for public safety.
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“We ask the public to report any encounter with an aggressive bear to CPW.”
Officials asked people to avoid the area as they probed it for evidence.
Authorities say they have received a number of reports in the area of bear sightings during the last few weeks.
Last month, a resident managed to capture bear in his garden as it tore down his bird feeder.
And in March, a bear was reported to have gone through rubbish off a main road.
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Back in 2009, a 74-year-old woman was killed and partially eaten in a bear attack at her home near Ouray, Colorado.
As police investigated they were approached by an aggressive 17.5st black bear, which they shot and killed.
The next day, wildlife officers killed a 28st bear which approached the victim’s home.
Tests later showed it had human remains and clothing remnants in its digestive system.
An investigation later found the victim had been illegally feeding bears through a fence in her yard, according to the CWP.
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