- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SNOWMASS, Colo. (AP) - A Snowmass man who last week found his ankle in the mouth of a black bear says he will not allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife to put a trap in his backyard.

The Aspen Times reports (https://bit.ly/1TJlzAP ) that 77-year-old Peter Rizzuto has rejected Parks and Wildlife’s request to set a trap because he worries it will catch the wrong bear.

Last week, Rizzuto says he was half asleep when he thought a large dog approached him. The animal placed its mouth around his ankle without breaking skin. Only then did Rizzuto look down and realize he was dealing with more than a neighborhood pet. The bear has not returned.

Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras says the incident is troubling because the bear is not afraid of humans.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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