Bear on the lam after raiding kitchen and attacking guard at Aspen resort

A bear prowling for pre-hibernation snacks raided the kitchen of a luxury Colorado resort and injured a responding security guard, authorities said Tuesday.

The late-night food run unfolded around 11 p.m. Monday at the St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen when the guard surprised the four-legged intruder in the kitchen, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement.

The bear attacked and knocked the guard down before the guard got away and called 911, officials said. The guard was taken to the hospital and treated for scratches on his back, and he was released Tuesday.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colo. (Google Maps)
The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colo. (Google Maps)

Parks officers got to the resort early Tuesday and learned that "the bear had entered the hotel through a series of doors near the courtyard," the agency said in a statement.

"Wildlife officers were also able to get a description of the bear, including specific identification markers to assist in locating and properly identifying the bear," the statement said.

Wildlife officers believe they spotted the animal later Tuesday but said they couldn't "tranquilize and capture the bear" because of "public safety" concerns.

"This incident serves as an unfortunate reminder that bears are still active as they prepare for hibernation," Parks and Wildlife said. "While it is common for people to see bears and other wildlife inside Aspen town limits, it is everyone’s responsibility to give wildlife space and remember the importance of being 'bear aware' at all times."

Representatives for Parks and Wildlife and Marriott, the owner of the luxury mountain resort, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

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