Bear euthanized after breaking into 2 Boulder homes looking for food, wildlife officers say

Bear was also seen digging through trash Monday

BOULDER, Colo. - A bear has been euthanized after wildlife officers say it broke into two Boulder homes looking for food Tuesday.

According to the Daily Camera, the bear climbed a tree in Eben G. Fine Park Tuesday afternoon after entering houses on Arapahoe Avenue and Marine Street.

One of the houses was occupied at the time, according to Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The bear broke in through doors in both cases, the newspaper reported.

The bear was sighted digging through trash in backyards on Pleasant Street Monday.

Rangers at the park thought the bear might have been a cub at first, but determined that the animal was two years old. Wildlife officers tranquilized the bear, removed it from the tree and euthanized it, the newspaper reported.

"It's a tough situation, but we cannot have bears going into occupied dwellings," Churchill told the Camera.

Several bear sightings were reported around Boulder Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

Churchill told the newspaper that bears are drawn into populated areas if people don’t make efforts to get rid of trash. She recommended that people take down bird feeders and store trash in bear-proof containers or bring it inside at night.

"It's really important, because we don't want to have to be putting bears down," Churchill told the newspaper. "This is a community issue. If we care about our wildlife, we need to bear-proof."

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