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A black bear. Gazette file photo.

A search is underway for a bear that attacked person inside an Aspen home early Friday morning, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.

The homeowner went to check on noises in the house around 1:30 a.m. when they encountered a large bear that swiped their neck and head.

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The person was taken to a hospital and went into surgery. They are in stable condition with injuries that are not life threatening.

A search for the bear is underway using hounds. If found, the bear will be euthanized because of its aggressive behavior.

The bear matches reports of a bear that has been seen in the Castle Creek neighborhood and could also be the same bear that has rummaged through trash in the area for several years.

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Previous attempts to track, catch and relocate the bear have been unsuccessful.

This is the first bear attack in Aspen this year. In 2019, three human-bear attacks were reported in the Aspen area.

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