Large bear prompts emergency notifications near Douglas County schools

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UPDATE, 10:39 AM: The bear has been tranquilized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and safely removed from the area. No injuries were reported.

UPDATE, 9:02 AM: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the Department of Wildlife has the bear contained off of South Silver Maple Road.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Residents spotted a large bear in a Highlands Ranch neighborhood Wednesday morning. That sighting has prompted emergency notification system calls to be sent out to residents and schools south of C-470 and just east of Sante Fe Boulevard.

Coyote Creek Elementary School, located at 2861 South Baneberry Court, sent out a letter to parents Wednesday morning saying school administrators were notified by police of the bear's presence. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said it sent out the alert because they were concerned about kids walking to school.

Though classes had not started when the school sent out the alert, a Douglas County School District spokesperson confirmed that once students are inside, a secured perimeter will be put in place outside the school until an all-clear is issued by the sheriff's office.

Thunder Ridge High School is also in the area where the alerts have been issued. It's possible the bear could have wandered into the neighborhood from the hills at nearby Chatfield State Park.

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