BOULDER, Colo. — A pair of young bears crashed a wedding in Boulder on Saturday, prompting sheriff’s deputies to run them off with non-lethal beanbag rounds.
The bears were spotted during a daytime wedding ceremony at the Red Lion Inn. Deputies had already been called about the bears prior to that, and were monitoring the area.
During a break between two ceremonies, the bears wandered down toward the wedding area, said Heidi Pretnup of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy fired at them with beanbag rounds in an attempt to “haze” the animals.
Hazing is a common technique wherein wildlife professionals try to scare wild animals off in the hope that they will remember the “bad” encounter and stay away from humans, preventing the need to put the animal down.