Colorado Springs police are warning residents about a large, aggressive bear that chased an officer Thursday morning.
Police issued an automated telephone call at 10:30 a.m., alerting residents living within a half-mile radius of the last sighting of the black bear at 3920 N. Union Blvd.
An officer approached the bear and took some photographs of it before the bruin chased the officer away, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin Abbink.
He said some photos were blurry because the officer snapped them as he ran from the bear.
"The Police Department wants citizens to be aware of a recent sighting of a large black bear which displayed aggressive behavior when approached by a police officer," the telephone alert told residents.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife advised police that "the best course of action is to leave the animal alone" and the bear will eventually leave the area on its own, the alert said.
Residents were told to call 911 if they had a "dangerous encounter with this animal."
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