Bear in tree on Colorado State University campus is safely removed and released into the wild.


A bear in a tree on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins has been safely removed from the school environment by wildlife officers, who moved the animal to a natural environment.

The bear, a subadult sow weighing about 200 pounds, was spotted around 6 a.m. Friday wandering the Old Town neighborhood, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release. Around 7:30 a.m., the bear was spotted on the CSU campus.

Wildlife officers arrived and tranquilized the bear, lowered it from the tree and moved the sow to its natural habitat on Friday afternoon.

The bear does not appear to have suffered any injuries, although exhausted from his excursion. Bear activity increases in late summer as animals fatten up for winter hibernation.

Colorado black bears are going into hyperphagia and will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to prepare for winter, the statement said.

CPW reminds Coloradans to properly store all garbage and to lock windows and doors accessible to bears. Here are some tips and precautions to help prevent human-wildlife conflict that can save a bear’s life:

  • Take out the garbage the morning of the pick-up.
  • Clean trash cans regularly to keep them free of food odors.
  • Use a bear-proof trash can or dumpster.
  • Remove bird feeders from outdoor areas.
  • Secure compost heaps. Bears are attracted to the smell of rotting food.
  • Clean the grill after each use.
  • Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.

“As bears begin to prepare for hibernation and hunt for food, Coloradans may see more bear activity in urban areas,” said Brandon Muller, CPW’s deputy wildlife director, in the press release. “When bears become too comfortable with humans, they can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety.”


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