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Bear spotted in Broomfield, Westminster, Lafayette

Lafayette Police said there was a sighting Thursday evening near the Copper Stone Apartments on South Lafayette Drive.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is urging Denver area residents to be "bear aware" after a bear was spotted in three different suburbs Thursday. 

The Broomfield Police Department posted on social media just after 5 p.m. Thursday that dispatch had received several calls for a bear that had been spotted in the area of Zuni Street and Stellas Meadow Drive, north of West 144th Avenue. It was also seen in Westminster earlier in the day, police said. The photo below is from that sighting.

Just after 7 p.m., Broomfield Police said the bear had been spotted west of the Wildgrass neighborhood in the northern part of town.

At around 8 p.m., Lafayette Police said the same bear was spotted near the Copper Stone Apartments on South Lafayette Drive.

Police recommended bringing pets indoors.

CPW said bears are more visible this time of year because they're out eating as much as they can in preparation for winter. Residents should lock up their trash, clean their grills, take down bird feeders and remove pet food and other food sources from outside so that bears will go back to their natural habitat, CPW advised.

Credit: Broomfield Police Department

Anyone who sees the bear is asked to call 911 and report it. You can also call Broomfield Police's non-emergency number at 303-438-6400.

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