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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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To: HIDEK6
Ya cain’t fix stupid.

That "bares" repeating.

51 posted on 08/11/2009 8:56:12 AM PDT by justkate
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To: the long march
She knew her environment and the risks.

Really? She appeared to, at a minimum, underestimated this particular risk.

52 posted on 08/11/2009 8:56:19 AM PDT by xone
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To: r9etb

And what part of the Centennial state do you live in? you are most likely one of the snarky city dwellers and a transpkant at that

I was born and raised in Colorado. Would still be there except my job requires me to be some where else. I have spent enough time aaround bears and the folks who live in remote sections of the state to understand both. I know exactly what my risks are and this woman did too. I never suggested she was being “kind”. She endangered no one else ( yeah yeah go ahead and say your piece. You are in fact wrong).

Go back to your city dwelling, turn on the electricity, watch your TV, and tell me all about the hard life one has in ‘the wilderness’


53 posted on 08/11/2009 8:56:51 AM PDT by the long march
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To: Dr.Zoidberg; All

LOL...I read the book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and when they met the Indians, those Indians tried to warn them about the grizzly bears, which the white guys had never encountered before.

Apparently, Lewis, Clark and the rest of the team said something along the lines of “We ain’t concerned about no stinkin’ bears! We got Guns!” and immediately began actively looking for these special bears, much to the horror and astonishment of the Indians, who couldn’t understand these suicidal white guys.

Someone made a famous crude painting of one of their first encounters, which shows a whole bunch of guys firing wildly into a grizzly, which in the picture looks as if it was painted 25 feet tall...

If I recall the account, they shot it something like twenty times, it ate their guns and chased them across a river or something like that.

They drily stated in their account they they would not seek any encounters with those bears in the future.

I had to laugh. That was before the Grizzlys were cut down to size, and I’ll bet those were some HUGE, mean, wild bears!


54 posted on 08/11/2009 8:57:16 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: new cruelty

Worf might have actually won that fight, unless it was the 400#er.


55 posted on 08/11/2009 8:57:28 AM PDT by xone
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To: justkate

bear? bare? oh nevermind


56 posted on 08/11/2009 8:58:33 AM PDT by justkate
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To: HIDEK6
Ya cain’t fix stupid.

In this case, it was self-adjusting.

57 posted on 08/11/2009 8:58:33 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: the long march
If you could read, he says he lives in the Springs

58 posted on 08/11/2009 8:59:34 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: Owl_Eagle
May I recommend a street sweeper?


59 posted on 08/11/2009 9:00:21 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: HiTech RedNeck

Don’t take a broom to a bear fight. Messing in a bear fight is OK as long as you have sufficient bear medicine.


60 posted on 08/11/2009 9:00:28 AM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: the long march
Blah blah blah....

The lady was a fool, and she was endangering others by training bears to look for food at people's houses.

There's no shortage of evidence for this.... "Feeding the bears" is a big problem in places where people and nature come together, and that includes places like Ouray.

Your wild he-man chest thumping aside, you appear to be as big a fool as this dead lady.

61 posted on 08/11/2009 9:02:03 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: rlmorel
I read someplace that Lewis & Clark carried "state of the art" Air Rifles.

62 posted on 08/11/2009 9:02:14 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: rlmorel

63 posted on 08/11/2009 9:03:41 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg; All

I read another account a while back of a journalist who went up to Alaska to write a story about life up there.

He ended up walking back to town, and came across two dirt poor looking urchins who were playing with some cans they had put rocks in, kicking them up the trail, playing catch back and forth with them, throwing them as high as they could in the air and catching them.

The journalist was really impressed by this, and told the kids that down where he lives, kids have more money and spend their days playing video games and such, but up here, even though they didn’t have money, they found the humble means to have a good time with no money, even if it mean making toys out of cans and rocks, and he thought that was special.

The two kids looked at him as if he were an idiot, and one of them said “What do you mean? These are our “bear cans” to make noise so we don’t surprise the bears. My mom and dad would give me a whipping if I didn’t have it! Where’s yours? Don’t you have one?”

The guy said no...then asked if he could borrow one of theirs, and the kids both said “No way!”


64 posted on 08/11/2009 9:05:52 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: bondjamesbond

Hehehe...I love that!


65 posted on 08/11/2009 9:07:01 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: null and void
The manner of death was ruled to be accidental.

I think I'd have to vote for 'suicide'.

66 posted on 08/11/2009 9:07:06 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: nina0113
I think I'd have to vote for 'suicide'.

If it were Oregon, you would have to credit the bear with an "assist"...

Question is... Can the bear bill Medicare?

67 posted on 08/11/2009 9:09:09 AM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: rlmorel

I think I’ve seen that painting too.

Yeah, there was a lot of soiled buckskin around the campfire that night, I’m betting.

I’d love to have seen a pre westward expansion grizzly, before all of the real “trophy” animals were killed off.(from a distance and with binoculars of course.)


68 posted on 08/11/2009 9:09:27 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

A broomhandle might be OK, but I’d prefer more than 9mm parabellum.


69 posted on 08/11/2009 9:10:58 AM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: rlmorel

LOL!

I wouldn’t have admitted that if I were the journalist.


70 posted on 08/11/2009 9:12:26 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: BertWheeler

“...and mama bear just ain’t reasonable.”

In this case the carnivirous bear was a male. Don’t know if related to smaller bear.


71 posted on 08/11/2009 9:16:44 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: null and void

...she really munsoned that one.

72 posted on 08/11/2009 9:20:08 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

I read and my comments are still the same.

Ouray county ——As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,742 people, 1,576 households, and 1,123 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile


73 posted on 08/11/2009 9:26:23 AM PDT by the long march
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To: r9etb

Bwahahahahaha


74 posted on 08/11/2009 9:26:41 AM PDT by the long march
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To: nina0113

Before Disney most people understood the difference between animals and humans;I wonder if Disney was aware of the damage he was doing?


75 posted on 08/11/2009 9:27:21 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: null and void

“Hold my strawberry daiquiri.”


76 posted on 08/11/2009 9:28:24 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama is in way over his ears.)
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To: the long march

I think you forgot the sarcasm alert.


77 posted on 08/11/2009 9:29:22 AM PDT by garyhope ( It's world war IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islamofascism.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Lewis had an air rifle. They used it often to dazzle the Indians. From a website...

“Lewis’s air gun was a remarkable property of the expedition. Widespread agreement is that it was a Girandoni-style air rifle, originally designed and built in Europe for the Austrian army. The Girandoni was .46 caliber, had a magazine for 20 shots, and was a repeater. Lewis used it to impress Indians in council. It was smokeless, and could fire 20 shots in one minute. The Indians were impressed. The air gun was the most unusual piece of equipment on the expedition. Air guns of that period and caliber are not silent and make a very loud crack.”


78 posted on 08/11/2009 9:31:58 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Is that a strawberry daiquiri, Dick?

No, it’s a hickory daiquiri, Doc...


79 posted on 08/11/2009 9:38:38 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: 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

Except she got both bears killed. That is the shame.

80 posted on 08/11/2009 9:38:44 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: socal_parrot
“Lewis’s air gun was a remarkable property of the expedition. Widespread agreement is that it was a Girandoni-style air rifle, originally designed and built in Europe for the Austrian army.

That was an amazingly advanced weapon for that time. I wonder though if they used that kind of weapon in their first (and only) attempt to hunt grizzlies, if a riffle like that simply had too low a velocity to effectively penetrate the heavy coat of a grizzly.

81 posted on 08/11/2009 9:39:46 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: the long march; All

Sounds like she got “Munsoned” out in the middle of nowhere. Where’s Woody Harrelson when you need him????


82 posted on 08/11/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT by Seamus Mc Gillicuddy (Say Nope To The Hope Dope in '12!!!!!)
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To: the long march
She endangered no one else

So, you reckon the realtor who sells the place will tell the new owners all about the bears?

Just curious.

Causing wild animals to be dependent on humans for food, (indirectly or otherwise) doesn't do the critters any favors, either.

The next porch they show up on might have a rifle poking out the door.

Say all you want about my not being from Colorado, that does not change anything.

83 posted on 08/11/2009 9:40:58 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: null and void
There's a good book called Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance that I think is well worth reading. (And let me a quick acknowledgement of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods where I learned of this book.)
84 posted on 08/11/2009 9:43:32 AM PDT by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: Smokin' Joe
I would like to apologize

We do have some spawn of the shallower end of the gene pool.


85 posted on 08/11/2009 9:46:10 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: justkate

Now I’m bear-ly listening.


86 posted on 08/11/2009 9:50:29 AM PDT by mdk1960
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To: hoosierham
I wonder if Disney was aware of the damage he was doing?

People lived so much closer to nature then that I think everyone must have known those were fairy tales - it's only now, when kids never even see a raccoon, that they don't know better. I'm sure he'd have been horrified if he'd had a clue as to how his pleasant little fantasies would be warped in these days.

87 posted on 08/11/2009 9:52:50 AM PDT by nina0113
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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."

From the article: "Munson had constructed a metal fence that covered her porch so that she could feed bears through the fence."

What did she know?

That chicken wire would protect her from the aggression of a bear?
OR
That a bear would be not become aggressive to a someone who loves bears?

If you're lucky enough, at her age, to do something you love, be smart enough to bring a gun of sufficient power to protect you while you're doing it.

88 posted on 08/11/2009 9:53:43 AM PDT by drpix
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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

Well, aren't you just precious? This woman can do whatever she likes as long as it only involves her, but feeding the bears endangered others living near her. One neighbor in particular had bear break ins to their house and also lost many, many of their chickens because one of this woman's "pet" bears broke in and killed them. This and other events were chronicled in another thread before this woman was killed when the DOW warned her about feeding the bears. I am glad she is the only one her "pets" snuffed and the neighbors are lucky it wasn't them.

89 posted on 08/11/2009 9:56:47 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

This is an area of Colorado noted for bear activity —— ALWAYS has been.

So get over yourself. Live in the mountains and you run risks -— particularly in small isolated areas.

Bears are not the ONLY dangerous animals in the area. Raising chickens in Ouray county offers the local animals an opportunity for breakfast lunch and dinner —— coyote, puma, bob cats, etc ALL attack local live stock


90 posted on 08/11/2009 10:00:59 AM PDT by the long march
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To: null and void

The problem with these people, all other things aside, is that they wind up getting the animals they are trying to help killed. In this case, the 250 pound bear sniffing her was probably the bear she tried to help so she not only got herself and the bear that killed her killed but also the bear that she was trying to help. But good intentions are all that matter to some poeple, even if they pave a road to Hell with them.


91 posted on 08/11/2009 10:14:11 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: the long march

You might want to quit while you are behind. Your original statement indicated to me that you don’t have a real understanding of nature. The woman and the bears would still be alive had she not started feeding them. Yes you run risks in ‘predator country’, but this was not a random predatory act; she drew the bears to her.


92 posted on 08/11/2009 10:14:55 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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To: Abathar

You got that right.....you should see ME!:)......btw, I LOVE your tag line.....LOL


94 posted on 08/11/2009 10:21:22 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
Photobucket

You are so correct. The man in this photo is over 6 ft.

95 posted on 08/11/2009 10:27:57 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Matt Hatter

And you are absolutely clueless. So quit while you are ahead as well


96 posted on 08/11/2009 10:42:56 AM PDT by the long march
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To: mware
Here's 2 bear photos you may be interested in. (I just received them by email and can't remember if they were on FR before.)

1

2

97 posted on 08/11/2009 10:43:26 AM PDT by drpix
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To: the long march

I have been an avid outdoorsman all my life, and learned long ago not to apply human emotions and morals to the animal world. That said, I will leave you to your opinion and will move on with mine.


98 posted on 08/11/2009 11:05:05 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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To: Matt Hatter

The thing I don’t understand is A) I never said the woman did a kind thing. I said she died doing what she wanted to do. B) I never suggested that living in the mountains wouldn’t have its risks. C) I applied no human emotion to anything other than this woman died doing what she wanted to do.


99 posted on 08/11/2009 11:10:48 AM PDT by the long march
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To: the long march

“A woman of this age knew the risks she took even with the bears she loved”

Love sounds like a pretty strong human emotion.
Not important really. Obama is lying to us all on TV right now. That is real.


100 posted on 08/11/2009 11:17:14 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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