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Crews called in to recover bear down Seven Falls waterfall

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- El Paso County Search and Rescue provided assistance to multiple agencies to help recover a bear, after it fell down a waterfall at the Broadmoor Seven Falls.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the bear was estimated to be 3-4 years old and 250 pounds. It fell 15 feet down an upper fall and was unable to move it's back legs. The bear then fell another 40 feet down the waterfall.

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife were called in to euthanize the crippled bear. Firefighters with the Broadmoor Fire Protection District and El Paso Search and Rescue team were brought in to help recover it.

"They hustled up 120 steep stairs to an overlook where they carefully scaled steep and slippery canyon walls, crossed a falls and reached the bear," Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement on Twitter.

El Paso County Search and Rescue created a pulley system, "to pull the remains across the water and then up and over the railing of the stairways."

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