Aspen police shot trash-room raiding bear in the butt with a beanbag

ASPEN, Colo. - A bear raiding an Aspen trash room got a shock Thursday when police shot it in the rear with a beanbag.

Bears in the Roaring Fork Valley are just starting to wake up from hibernation with rising temperatures.

Resident Paul Kurkulis says he and his wife were awakened by noises coming from their trash room. Thinking it was an intruder, they called the police, who discovered the animal rummaging through trash.

Kurkulis tells the Aspen Times the officer went in the building, the bear came running out and the officer fired a bean bag that kept the bear on the run.

The bear and the officer were not hurt.

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