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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office sent voicemail notifications to 10,000 homes Wednesday morning after a bear was sighted in Centennial.

The sheriff's office said a resident on East Jamison Place called authorities about 3 a.m., and deputies and Colorado Department of Wildlife officials responded quickly and found the bear.

Authorities tracked the bear but it would run anytime someone got close to it. The bear was spotted near Abbott Park and the sheriff's office said it was last seen near South University Boulevard and East Otero Avenue about 6:15 a.m.

An alert was sent to residents within a one-mile radius of where the bear was spotted. The alert was sent to residents because children are expected to be walking to schools in the area.

Authorities believe the bear has hunkered down. Its size is not known. The sheriff's office warned people if they see the bear to not approach it but to call police.

The voicemail warning from the sheriff's office said:

Your neighborhood deputies and Department of Wildlife officers are currently trying to get it contained. Please keep dogs and small children side and be aware of your surroundings when you are outside. Please call 303-795-4711 only if you see the bear thank you. Goodbye.