Second bear shot, killed near Flatirons Elementary School in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. - Wildlife officials shot and killed a 590-pound bear one block away from Flatirons Elementary School in Boulder on Monday.

That's the same school that was put on lockdown last Friday because of a bear in the area. That bear was also euthanized.

There was no lockdown or lockout on Monday at the school because state wildlife officials did not notify school officials about the situation, according to Briggs Gamblin, Boulder Valley School District spokesman.

One neighbor in the area told 7NEWS she was on her back porch when she heard the gunshot, which was just 100 yards away.

"The kids were all on the playground said that they heard the shotgun blast and wanted to know what it was," said Mikii Schoech.

Area Wildlife Manager Larry Rogstad said officials intended to tranquilize the bear, then move it off property before killing it; however, they couldn't tranquilize it safely.

"Unfortunately because of dense foliage, because of undergrowth we couldn’t have a safe, decent tranquilizer shot in," Rogstad said. "We're working with a live animal in a dynamic situation and a bear that’s starting to get alarmed because there are people showing up."

Rogstad said they received a call from a homeowner near 6th and Pennsylvania at 7 a.m. They spoke with the homeowner about their intentions before firing their weapons. 

Rogstad said they had captured and released the same bear near the Wyoming state line five years ago and it came back within a month. They had been monitoring the bear around Boulder throughout the summer and spotted him in the area several times last month.

Under Colorado Parks and Wildlife guidelines, bears are treated with a "two strikes" policy -- they are put down the second time they are caught.

Rogstand told 7NEWS Reporter Lindsey Sablan the issue with bears in the area is much larger than the recent two. He said the bears focus on a six-block radius in University Hill, which is often littered with trash in alley ways and along homes. 

"We try to give the bear as much of an opportunity as possible that it hopefully will go back to the woods," Rogstad said, "but when you have this [trash] for a bear to feed on, why is a bear going to go back to the woods?"

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