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Bear captured in Denver neighborhood

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they received multiple reports of a bear in the University Park area, beginning Thursday evening.

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers have captured a bear found in the University Park area of Denver.

According to CPW, residents of that area started reporting bear sightings Thursday evening. Denver Animal Protection officers looked for it but could not find it, CPW said.

Then, at around 11 a.m. Friday, CPW said, more reports of a bear spotted in the 2400 block of South Jackson Street started coming in.

Wildlife officers responded and did spot the bear in someone's yard, according to CPW, but it hopped a fence and got away before they could tranquilize it. 

Calls continued to come in into the evening Friday, CPW said. Just after 7 p.m., officers captured the bear in a yard on South Jackson Street, tranquilized it, and loaded it onto a transport trailer to be returned to the forest.

Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

CPW said anyone who sees a bear should keep their distance and call them. People who live in an area where bears may be lurking should bring their pets inside, secure their trash and remove birdfeeders or anything else that would give a bear a reason to come into their yard.

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