BROOMFIELD - A black bear spent one more night in Broomfield after Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers worried about having to possibly tranquilize it and move it back to the mountains on Monday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Originally, it was reported that CPW wanted to tranquilize the bear. This was no longer necessary once the bear moved back to its natural habitat on its own.
"My sister went to the backyard to water plants, [she] thought ii was a dog at first," Christopher Darling said, who watched the bear from his window.
The bear was spotted near Cedar Street and 17th Avenue in Broomfield Sunday morning. He moved from backyard to backyard, until officers showed up.
At that point, the bear decided to take a nap. Officers taped off the area so no one would disturb the bear. They waited for Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers to arrive before they did anything else.
Around 3 p.m., wildlife officers showed up and tried to tranquilize the bear so they could move him back to the mountains safely.
However, the bear decided to run off again. He sent police on a wild-goose chase.
As of Sunday evening, wildlife officers located the bear, but they said it was too late in the evening to tranquilize him and move him out.
They're kept a close eye on him Sunday evening, and then did not have to move him out on Monday since he seems to have returned to his natural habitat.
Parks and Wildlife did not want to tranquilize the bear if they could avoid it because once a bear is tranquilized, they have to tag the bear. Then, the bear gets one strike when it has not done anything wrong such as show aggression.
This is the third bear in one week to be spotted near the metro area. Two other bears were located in Arvada and Louisville.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the young bears are breaking away from their mothers and looking for new places to live.
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