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Bear sighting forces lock-down of 2 schools in Colo. Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two elementary schools in central Colorado Springs were put on lock-down Thursday morning, not because of crime or police activity, but because of a bear.

The Gazette reports a parent spotted a bear in a tree. The parent told school administrators who put Penrose and Madison elementary schools on lock-down.

A District 11 spokesperson says the lock-down was precautionary while Wildlife officials came to take care of the bear.

The bear left the area where it was first spotted, and wildlife officials said it remained on the loose in central Colorado Springs.