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Autopsy: Woman Attacked, Killed By Bear (Family: Donna Munson Died Trying To Help Smaller Bear)
Ch 7 Denver ^ | 2:43 pm MDT August 10, 2009 | Wayne Harrison

Posted on 08/11/2009 8:37:48 AM PDT by null and void

OURAY, Colo. -- An autopsy showed a 74-year-old Ouray County woman whose body was found being eaten by a bear was attacked and killed by that same bear after she attempted to help a smaller bear that had been hurt in a fight.

The son-in-law of Donna Munson told 7NEWS that Munson was trying to help a smaller bear that had gotten into a fight with an older bear on Aug 7. The smaller bear suffered broken teeth in the brawl, Munson told her family.

Munson told her brother by telephone that she was putting out hard-boiled eggs and milk for the younger bear to eat, said the victim's son-in-law, Bruce Milne.

Munson told her brother Thursday night that the older bear was back and said, "I'm going to chase it off with a broom."

According to the county coroner, Munson was grabbed by the bear and it slashed her head and neck with such penetrating force that Munson would have bled out in 90 seconds.

Sheriff's investigators said that the bear "clubbed" her through the wire fence that she had built around her porch, rendering her unconscious. It then grabbed her, pulled her underneath the fence to the back yard and then slashed her to death, the sheriff's office said.

Later that day, a witness found a large bear feeding on Munson's body as it lay outside her home.

When deputies arrived to investigate the report of a mauling on Friday, they were approached by a 250-pound bear, which was actively sniffing the body. A deputy with the Ouray Sheriff's Office fired six rounds and killed the bear. A necropsy on that bear showed that it neither attacked nor fed on Munson.

On Saturday about 3 a.m., a second bear was acting aggressively towards investigators who were still at the house. A DOW investigator shot and killed that bear -- a 400-pound male bear.

A necropsy on that second bear revealed human tissue as well as remnants of a shirt that Munson was wearing, according to the Ouray Sherrif's Office.


The home of Donna Munson. The DOW says she used a fence to protect herself as she fed bears.

Officials said the DOW had known for years that Munson routinely fed bears and would not stop, even after repeated requests from the DOW.

The remote nature of her home made observing possible wildlife violations impossible, the DOW said. Last year, the DOW sent a written notice to Munson and renters at her home warning of the dangers of feeding bears.

"It got to the point where she never opened her door for us, allowed us on her property or answered her phone," said DOW spokesman Tyler Baskfield. "Our officers went above and beyond, in terms of gaining her cooperation."

Munson had constructed a metal fence that covered her porch so that she could feed bears through the fence, wildlife officials said.

There have been only two fatal bear attacks in Colorado in the past 100 years. The first was in Grand County in 1971, when a man was killed. The second incident was Aug. 10, 1993, in Fremont County when a 24-year-old man was killed.

The family said Munson moved from southern California with her former husband, Jack, and they built the three-story log house outside of Ouray in 1978.

The coroner said her official cause of death was multiple trauma due to a bear attack. The manner of death was ruled to be accidental.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bears; feedthebeast; maul; wildlife
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She was just feeding the bear...
1 posted on 08/11/2009 8:37:49 AM PDT by null and void
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To: catpuppy

ping...


2 posted on 08/11/2009 8:38:14 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 202 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

Only forest fires can prevent bears.


3 posted on 08/11/2009 8:39:21 AM PDT by Borges
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To: null and void

Moral: don’t mess in bear fights.


4 posted on 08/11/2009 8:39:22 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Democrat Party: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: null and void

Winner, 2009 Treadwell Award

5 posted on 08/11/2009 8:39:52 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: null and void

Mother nature can be the cruelest b*tch of all.


6 posted on 08/11/2009 8:40:02 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: null and void

True.


7 posted on 08/11/2009 8:40:16 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: null and void
“after she attempted to help a smaller bear that had been hurt in a fight. “

There is a great Far Side cartoon showing someone getting in an elevator, and his horror at realizing he had stepped between a mother bear and her cub.

8 posted on 08/11/2009 8:40:20 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just say no to Soylent Green health care)
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To: null and void
Please don't feed the bears.
9 posted on 08/11/2009 8:40:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: null and void

Wild animals live short, brutal lives. The fantasies of tree-kissers come up hard against the true nature of wild animals.


10 posted on 08/11/2009 8:40:49 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: null and void

Ya cain’t fix stupid.


11 posted on 08/11/2009 8:41:00 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Borges
Related thread:

Smokey Bear Turns 65.

12 posted on 08/11/2009 8:41:07 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: null and void

A woman of this age knew the risks she took even with the bears she loved. She died doing what she wanted to do -— hope I get to be so lucky


13 posted on 08/11/2009 8:41:13 AM PDT by the long march
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To: null and void

Why, they’re just like big fuzzy people!


14 posted on 08/11/2009 8:41:29 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

LOL. I remember that one.


15 posted on 08/11/2009 8:42:19 AM PDT by Sparko ("Reporting dissent is the highest form of patriotism! "- - Barack Obama in his dreams)
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To: bondjamesbond

Don’t bring an old lady to a bear fight.


16 posted on 08/11/2009 8:42:33 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: null and void
California liberals !

Just desserts.


17 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:16 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: null and void

She pulled a munson.


18 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:34 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: 1rudeboy

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2313399/posts?page=2#2


19 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:34 AM PDT by Borges
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To: All

“You go in cage?”

“Uh huh.”

“Cage go in water?”

“Uh huh.”

“Shark in water?”

“Farewell to my fine Spanish Ladies...”


20 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:43 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: null and void

naive but well intended I guess


21 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:47 AM PDT by wardaddy (ASAP, as southern as possible.......Sarah Palin, is the only politician right now who inspires me)
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To: null and void

Don’t pick the shredded toilet paper pieces from baby bear’s butt...


22 posted on 08/11/2009 8:43:50 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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"I'm going to chase it off with a broom."

Transcendental performance art worthy of Treadwell. And it worked out the same way, that's amazing. She truly gave her life for the cub.

23 posted on 08/11/2009 8:44:05 AM PDT by xone
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To: pabianice

Disney’s bears would never have done this sort of thing.


24 posted on 08/11/2009 8:44:16 AM PDT by umgud (Look to gov't to solve your everday problems and they'll control your everday life.)
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To: null and void

She should be a runner-up for a Darwin award.


25 posted on 08/11/2009 8:45:24 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: null and void
There have been only two fatal bear attacks in Colorado in the past 100 years.

note that is after the Grizzley population had been nicely trimmed.

26 posted on 08/11/2009 8:45:28 AM PDT by wardaddy (ASAP, as southern as possible.......Sarah Palin, is the only politician right now who inspires me)
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To: null and void

The absolute last creature I would ever want to bump into in the woods is a baby bear. Baby bear means mama bear is nearby and mama bear just ain’t reasonable.


27 posted on 08/11/2009 8:45:51 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the world dances with you...)
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To: the long march
She died doing what she wanted to do

She wanted to fight bears with brooms?

28 posted on 08/11/2009 8:46:06 AM PDT by xone
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To: xone

Who doesn’t?!


29 posted on 08/11/2009 8:46:32 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: xone

When I die, I want to go like Grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... Not yelling and screaming like the other three people in his car...


30 posted on 08/11/2009 8:47:46 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: the long march
A woman of this age knew the risks she took even with the bears she loved. She died doing what she wanted to do -— hope I get to be so lucky

What.... training bears to go to people's houses for food? What she did was not only damned stupid, but she also endangered other people's lives as well. Not to mention the bears that would have to be killed because of her "kindness."

31 posted on 08/11/2009 8:48:12 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: null and void

Bears are large, incredibly strong apex predators, humans are small, physically weak prey.(with a few noteworthy exceptions)

This woman forgot she was little more than a snack, but the bear did not.

That’s just about all you will ever need to know about the ages long history of bear/human relationships.


32 posted on 08/11/2009 8:48:43 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: xone

Bim and Ben bang bears with brooms. Bim’s bear bangs and Ben’s bear booms...


33 posted on 08/11/2009 8:48:57 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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Munson told her brother Thursday night that the older bear was back and said, "I'm going to chase it off with a broom."

There's your problem right there.

Now, if she had said, "I'm going to chase it off with a flame-thrower," (or a 12-gauge w/hardened slugs) we wouldn't be planning her funeral.

34 posted on 08/11/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

35 posted on 08/11/2009 8:49:36 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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"I'm going to chase it off with a broom."

I currently own a Mossberg 500 for home defense, but I think I'll switch over to a broom. It's a real multi-tasker.

36 posted on 08/11/2009 8:50:07 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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Is that the same thing as placing 1st in the Darwin throw back award.
37 posted on 08/11/2009 8:51:20 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: martin_fierro
Is that the same thing as placing 1st in the Darwin throw back award.
38 posted on 08/11/2009 8:51:36 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: bondjamesbond

Yeah, they’re cute when they’re young. But then the grow up and wear a hat, collar and tie and go around stealing Pic-a-nic Baskets.


39 posted on 08/11/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: null and void

Never bring a broom to a bear fight!

40 posted on 08/11/2009 8:51:58 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Fill your hands you sons of bitches!)
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To: xone

She lived in a remote part of Colorado. She had been feeding bears ( and hence living around them) for years. She knew her environment and the risks.


41 posted on 08/11/2009 8:52:20 AM PDT by the long march
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To: null and void
The manner of death was ruled to be accidental.

It should be noted that the bear disagrees with this ruling.

42 posted on 08/11/2009 8:52:22 AM PDT by justkate
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To: 1rudeboy

Da Bears! is a whole nother animal.


43 posted on 08/11/2009 8:52:39 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Da Bears.


44 posted on 08/11/2009 8:53:43 AM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (America is the best -- 20 million illegal immigrants can't be wrong.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Jay Cutler and the Bears are coming to Denver August 30th

45 posted on 08/11/2009 8:53:51 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: xone
When fighting a bear, hand to claw combat is the only true way to die with honor.


46 posted on 08/11/2009 8:54:09 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: the long march

“She died doing what she wanted to do”

Interfering with nature? Bears don’t need our ‘love’, they are programmed by nature to survive. It always seems to end badly when people selfishly inject themselves in nature’s ways.


47 posted on 08/11/2009 8:54:46 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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To: null and void

It was gruesome but there are much worse ways to die in this world. She made her decision and the bear made one too.


48 posted on 08/11/2009 8:54:58 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: null and void

Never bring a broom to a bear fight.


49 posted on 08/11/2009 8:55:31 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: bondjamesbond

LOL.


50 posted on 08/11/2009 8:55:37 AM PDT by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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