Black bear tranquilized and removed from Arvada neighborhood

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DENVER — A black bear roving an Arvada neighborhood was shot with a tranquilizer dart Thursday morning and will be moved to a safer location, the Arvada Police Department reported.

Multiple residents spotted a bear — presumably the same animal — in the area south of 72nd Avenue and west of Wadsworth Boulevard on Tuesday. A resident then managed to photograph the bear as it walked through a back yard on Wednesday. Wildlife officials initially said they were hoping the bear would find its way out of the neighborhood without help.

About 9 a.m. Thursday, police said they were preparing to dart the bear but would not discuss the exact location in order to avoid drawing a crowd. At 9:18 a.m., police announced that officers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials had successfully removed the animal.