Bear climbs tree in Jefferson County, ties up evening commute for some

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Maybe he was trying to get his bearings or maybe he was trying to find some shade in the middle of Thursday's unbearable heat.

Whatever the reason, a black bear decided to climb up a tree in a neighborhood near South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Bowles Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

His presence tied up the evening commute.

The 5- to 6-year-old black bear was tranquilized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, tagged and relocated.

“Just like the movies: They stood under it with the tarp and waited for it to fall," resident Michael Plotnik said. "It fell and then it walked across. It was still awake enough to walk across the street.”

The Littleton Fire and Police departments helped bring the bear down safely.