Bear tranquilized, relocated after posing threat to children in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated its first bear of the year after they say it got into several trash cans and posed a threat to children at a day care center in Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife relocated the bear Monday.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department received several calls about a 2-year-old, cinnamon-colored black bear perusing downtown neighborhoods for scraps.

The situation became more serious in the afternoon, when students were getting out of nearby schools.

By 2:30 p.m., the bear was near a day care center. A caller notified officers that people were going to help divert children away from the bear on their walk home.

Officials are reminding residents to be vigilant about securing trash cans and vehicles from hungry animals.

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