Wildlife manager hopes young bear in Loveland tree will climb down on his own

LOVELAND, Colo. - A wildlife manager suspects the noise and traffic from 4th of July activities scared a young bear into a Loveland tree overnight.

A crowd gathered around the tree, in the area of 50th Street and Taft Avenue when the bear was spotted Friday.

"He probably just got caught here this morning. A lot of noise, traffic and people out last night and he probably just got caught," District Wildlife Manager Clayton Brossart said.

Brossart estimated the bear was one or two years old between 60 and 70 pounds.

"He's not causing any trouble at the moment. He's not stressed out. He's trying to sleep so we're going to kinda let him be and give him his opportunity to work himself down later," he said.

In the meantime, the wildlife manager is more concerned with managing the crowd that's gathered to see the bear. Yellow caution tape kept the crowd back and Brossart said police had asked him to help make sure the streets stay clear.

"Most likely what'll happen is he'll come down when it gets dark and everybody is cleared out," Brossart said.

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