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Black bear spotted wandering around small Colorado town

Town officials report several recent sightings of a black bear roaming around Elizabeth, Colorado.
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File photo of a young black bear

DENVER — A chocolate-colored black bear was spotted roaming around the small town of Elizabeth, Colorado on Wednesday morning, town officials said. 

The bear, which is estimated to about 60 pounds, was wandering in the area of Poplar Street and Tabor Street near Bandt Park at about 11 a.m.

Town officials and Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) were able to haze the bear into a creek bed on the western end of town.

Officials said they believe the bear will continue to roam west out of town and do not see a need to tranquilize it.

If anyone spots the bear again, they are asked to keep their distance and report the sighting to the Elizabeth Police Department at (303) 646-4664. 

Elizabeth is located about 40 miles southeast of Denver in Elbert County. 

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