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200 Pound Bear Stuck In Tree

8:49 AM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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Colorado Springs, CO (KKTV) -- A 200-pound black bear took up residency high in a tree in a neighborhood on the southeast side of Colorado Springs -- a place local officials say bears aren't normally seen.

A lot of people are wondering how the bear got to that part of town, wildlife officers say she may have followed creek beds and drainage ditches to the area in search of food.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers along with  the Colorado Springs Fire Department brought the female bear back down to the ground.

Wildlife officers tranquilized her, but because she was wedged in, she simply  fell asleep in the tree. That's when CSFD was called in to use their ladder truck to help get her out of the tree.

Once out and secure, wildlife officers let kids and other bystanders touch the bear and take pictures with her. There were so many people gathered to get a glimpse of the bear: wildlife experts actually handed out booklets to the families  to spread some knowledge about encountering bears in Southern Colorado.

Wildlife experts say the bear likely will be released back into the wild on Monday, far away from where people live. 

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