Large tranquilized bear removed from Colorado Springs tree

Bear will be taken 100 miles away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A 200-pound black bear hanging out in a tree for most of Sunday was removed by Colorado Springs firefighters after it was tranquilized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers.

The bear made its way up a tree off South Chelton Road and South Claremont Street Sunday morning and that's where it stayed most of the day.  The bear wasn't spotted by residents until about 3 p.m.

The first attempt by Parks and Wildlife to tranquilize the bear was unsuccessful. In response, the bear climbed higher.

The bear drew a big crowd to the corner of Chelton Road and Claremont Street while Parks and Wildlife tried to wait out the bear.

Sunday evening, firefighters brought in a fire truck to get closer to the bear. They were able to bring it down safely, using a ladder truck at about 8 p.m.

The bear will be moved at least one hundred miles away according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. 

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