Bear tranquilized, relocated from neighborhood in Westminster

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Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Authorities responded to a bear in a Westminster neighborhood Monday morning.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the black bear was spotted running around in the area of 133rd Avenue and Huron Street about 7:30 a.m.

CPW believes the bear got into a backyard during the night and was eating crab apples. There were no signs the bear got into trash cans.

Four wildlife officers determined it was best to relocate the animal because it was in a suburban area a short distance from Interstate 25.

Source: Richard Fernandez

The wildlife officers tranquilized and captured the bear with the assistance of the Westminster Police Department and Westminster Animal Control.

The bear was relocated to wilderness near the border of Douglas and Teller counties.

CPW said the bear was about 2 years old and weighed between 100 and 120 pounds.

“The key take away here on our side is that the public called in this bear to report it before the bear could get into any trouble and no one was harmed,” a wildlife spokesman said.

“We were able to bring it back into the wild and since it did not appear to have gotten into any human food sources (trash, pet food, bird feeders, gardens, etc.), that bear likely did not learn to associate humans with food.”

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