A 200-pound bear that was “suffering and in distress, breathing heavily” was euthanized Monday in west Colorado Springs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported.
The agency’s officers responded to reports of a bear “acting strangely” near an elementary school on the city’s west side and found the sow, the agency tweeted. The bear and her two 60-pound cubs were tranquilized, and the mother was euthanized.
Here’s are two cubs, each about 60 pounds, prior to their release in the mountains today. Their mother was acting erratically Monday and found by @COParksWildlife officers to be in severe distress in a neighborhood near a school in #ColoradoSprings. She was humanely euthanized. pic.twitter.com/qIbIQNwQGj
— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) September 24, 2019
The cubs will be released.
“Officers assessed the tranquilized sow for injuries and disease,” the agency tweeted. “A sick/injured sow acting erratically is too dangerous to be left in a residential area near a school. A necropsy will be performed on the sow.”
No further information was released Monday.
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