Bear in Boulder finally leaves neighborhood, heads back into wild

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A young black bear made its way into a South Boulder neighborhood on Thursday morning and spent more than 12 hours up a tree.

The bear eventually returned to the wild on its own, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said it's an important reminder that bears are returning and residents need to be diligent.

Several residents came to the neighborhood to see the bear.

Stephenson has been to Yellowstone National Park looking for bears but had to wait until one showed up a few doors down from his home.

"It’s pretty cool up close," he said.

Bears have been spotted in a few backyards of the neighborhood before, but not in a tree in a front yard.

The owner of the home also had never seen one out her window, but the bear kept her company as she worked on a quilt.

“This is a rather lazy bear, who was just covering his eyes while the snow came down," Diane Perry said. "That was enjoyable. Like, leave me alone, I just want to sleep.”

But sleep isn't likely what led the bear to the neighborhood.

"It looks to me like a young bear and my suspicion is that it came in during the night looking for food," said Betty Naughton with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "At least that’s a common scenario.”

Naughton also said it's also common for bears to climb trees once activity picks up.

The bear did come down on its own, cutting through the homeowner's backyard on its way back from where it came.

"It’s nice to have the wildlife around," Perry said. "That’s one of the reasons we live here.”

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