Bear falls to death dur­ing failed at­tempt to re­lo­cate her and two cubs

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By El­lie Mul­der

A mother bear died Thurs­day af­ter Colorado Parks and Wildlife was un­suc­cess­ful in try­ing to re­move her and two young cubs from a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood just south of Colorado Springs.

The bears, which had re­port­edly been root­ing through res­i­dents’ garbage, would have been re­lo­cated af­ter be­ing cap­tured, Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vo­grin said. When wildlife of­fi­cers ar­rived, the mother was in a tree and couldn’t be re­moved with­out be­ing tran­quil­ized. The tran­quil­izer didn’t take ef­fect im­me­di­ately and the mother climbed higher, fall­ing to her death when it knocked her out. The cubs will be taken to a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity and even­tu­ally re­leased.

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