Black bear runs away from old man’s backyard after tasting his foot

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By: Chan Yuan

An elderly man who woke up in the backyard of his home to the sound of a bear, found a black bear trying to eat his foot, police in Colorado said.

77-year-old Peter Rizzuto of Lazy Glen, said he was sleeping on the deck of his backyard on Wednesday, when the black bear approached him.

Rizzuto said that he initially thought that the creature was a large dog, but when he heard it growl, he knew it was a bear. Luckily, the bear decided to leave without causing the man any injuries.

On Thursday, he was contacted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Officials said that the incident is troubling because the bear is obviously not afraid of humans.

The bear has not returned since the incident on Wednesday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering placing bear traps in the area in order to capture the bear.

Officials said that if the bear strikes again, it will be executed due the two strikes policy.