It's definitely bear season, and we're seeing tons of videos online of the animals popping up all over the place. This tale takes the cake though. In Colorado Springs, a 3 to 4-year-old, 250-pound bear was seen taking shelter from the rain in a neighborhood storm drain. Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Southeast Region tweeted out the rescue and the efforts to not harm the bear but to scare it back into the forest.
Rescuing a bear from a storm drain is not as simple as it might seem. @COParksWildlife officers are a trying to avoid handling the bear. Once it's handled, it gets an ear tag. That's one strike against it. If it was ever handled again it would have to be euthanized. pic.twitter.com/necla8U4CN— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 26, 2018
About 6 minutes after the manhole cover was removed, out came the bear, estimated to be 3 to 4 years old and about 250 lb. An @COParksWildlife officer fired a non-lethal rubber slug at the bear as officers chased it into an open space behind this #ColoradoSprings neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/F4f6FEcFI9— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 26, 2018
By hazing this bear with non-lethal rubber slugs, @COParksWildlife gave this bear an extra lease on life. If it had been handled and tagged, that would have counted as a strike against the bear. Next time it was handled, it would have had to be euthanized. pic.twitter.com/Om1z7AkHKl— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 26, 2018