Heartbroken boyfriend pays tribute to partner killed and eaten by black bear as he calls her ‘love of my life’

A HEARTBROKEN boyfriend paid a loving tribute to his partner who was killed and eaten alive by a black bear.

The remains of 39-year-old Laney Malavolta, were found by her boyfriend in a well-known footpath in Durango, La Plata County.


Investigators believe the woman got attacked by a bear after taking her dogs on a walk in woodland in Colorado earlier this week.

Grieving boyfriend Justin Rangel has now paid an emotional tribute to his partner who he calls his "northern star and the love of my life."

He said: "Laney Malavolta, my northern star and the love of my life was killed on the afternoon of April 30, 2021 in an encounter with bears.

"Laney spent her life in the outdoors and was an experienced and knowledgeable operator in the back country.

"Her greatest joy was to be in the woods with our friends, our family and our dogs.

"While Laney’s physical presence was suddenly taken from this earth, all that know and love her can take comfort;

"Laney’s soul will live forever in her favorite place, doing her favorite thing.


"She would not have wanted it any other way. While this tragedy has shaken me and our family to the core, our burden is eased as we consider these facts.

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the organizations involved in the investigation of Laney’s death and her recovery."

Earlier Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said officers who arrived at the scene had "observed signs of consumption on the body and an abundance of bear scat and hair" which suggested a bear attack.


During an investigation by the CPW and the La Plata County sheriff’s office, and a dog team from the US department of agriculture wildlife services a female black bear was found in the area.

The sow along with her two cubs were euthanized and were taken for analysis.

Human remains were foundinside the stomachs of the three bears, CPW said in a statement.

Both necropsy results from the bears and the autopsy results confirmed the woman's death was caused by an attack by a bear, reports the Durango Herald.

La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said: “They grabbed her by the neck.

“It was extensive damage.”

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