Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 23rd, 2009
It is a wonder that anyone believed her. But then, she did show the police the bear.
Police in Colorado say a pregnant woman suffered minor injuries when she was struck by a slow-moving car while fleeing from an adult black bear.
Police say they’re looking for the driver of the car that hit 26-year-old Ashley Swendsen on Thursday, April 23, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Terri Reishus says Swendsen, who is about five months pregnant, is in good condition.
In this image made from KKTV 11 television, Colorado Department of Wildlife officers approaches a black bear off Interstate 25 north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday, April 23, 2009. Police in Colorado say a pregnant woman suffered minor injuries when she was struck by a car while fleeing from this adult black bear. (AP Photo/KKTV 11)
Michael Seraphin of the state Division of Wildlife says the bear was later euthanized after Swendsen identified it.
Police say the motorist who hit Swendsen stopped and spoke to her but left before authorities arrived.
The wildlife agency says the incident occurred in an area where bears are common, according to The Gazette, reporting at 10 pm EST, April 23, 2009.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.