A bear up a tree on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins was safely removed from the scholastic surroundings by wildlife officers, who relocated the animal into natural surroundings.
The bear, a subadult sow weighing about 200 pounds, was spotted at about 6 a.m. Friday wandering through the Old Town neighborhood, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release. At about 7:30 a.m., the bear was spotted on the CSU campus.
Wildlife officers arrived and tranquilized the bear, lowered it from the tree and relocated the sow to natural habitat on Friday afternoon.
The bear did not appear to suffer any injuries, although it was exhausted by her excursion. Bear activity increases late in the summer as the animals fatten up for winter hibernation.
Black bears in Colorado are entering hyperphagia and will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to prepare for winter, according to the release.
CPW reminds Coloradans to properly store all trash and lock bear-accessible windows and doors. Tips and precautions to help prevent human-wildlife conflicts, and which can save a bear’s life, are:
- Put out garbage on the morning of pickup.
- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them free of food odors.
- Use a bear-resistant trash can or dumpster.
- Remove bird feeders from outdoor areas.
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food.
- Clean the grill after each use.
- Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.
“As bears start to prepare for hibernation and hunt for food, Coloradans may see more bear activity in urban areas,” said CPW Assistant Area Wildlife Manager Brandon Muller, in the release. “When bears become too comfortable around humans, they can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety.”
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