Broomfield bear finally cornered, tranquilized

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - A small bear that has been running through Broomfield neighborhoods for almost a week has finally been cornered and tranquilized.

Police and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers had hoped the bear would make its way back to the wild through drainages and open space but it stayed in the city.

People taking pictures of the bear kept spooking it, causing it to move.

Thursday afternoon, it was spotted in a tree on Mesa Court.  CPW officers were able to shoot it with a tranquilizer gun.  The bear was given an ear tag and taken to the mountains. 

Christopher Darling took photos of the bear in his back yard during earlier efforts to corral the animal. 

If you do ever encounter a bear, wildlife officials advise:

• Stay calm and never run; running can make a bear chase you.

• Keep your distance. Back slowly away while facing the bear, but avoid direct eye contact.

• Slowly and calmly leave the area. Talk aloud so the bear will become aware of you.

• Be extra careful around a female with cubs. Never approach a cub.

• Never throw food to distract a bear. This teaches a bear to approach people for food.

• Fight back if attacked. Black bears have been driven away when people fight with rocks, sticks, binoculars or even bare hands.

• Report sightings to police or CPW at 303-291-7277. In an emergency, call 911.

A recent video of a TV reporter from Providence, R.I. giving out bear encounter tips has become viral on YouTube: