Gondola, restaurant close after Sundeck employee shoots bear

By RICK CARROLL

A young bear’s visit to the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain early Saturday morning prompted Aspen Skiing Co. to temporarily shut down the gondola and restaurant after an employee shot the bruin.Authorities with Colorado Parks and Wildlife later that morning found the yearling under the deck of the restaurant, where it was reeling from two gunshot wounds. Parks and Wildlife officials subsequently killed it, authorities said.“They found a blood trail and it was under the deck,” said Perry Will, area wildlife manager for Parks and Wildlife. “It was probably dying.”He estimated the male bear to weigh about 70 pounds. The bear …

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