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Wildlife officers euthanize bear after it breaks into Colorado Springs home

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A startling bear encounter ended poorly for the bear Sunday morning after it was found sitting on the couch in a northwest Colorado Springs home.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a press release that the bear ripped through a patio screen door while the resident was cooking bacon. The tenant saw the bear and and was able to get out of the house safely.

When CPW officers arrived, they found a 150-pound male bear sitting on the woman's couch. CPW said there was a birdfeeder outside the house and cat food by the screen door, which also may have attracted the bear.

This particular bear was familiar to officers. CPW said they had previously relocated the tagged individual from another neighborhood. However, it managed to find its way back to another populated area in search of food.

CPW said that after assessing the situation, officers decided to euthanize the bear to protect residents from future property damage and potentially dangerous attacks.

“It's always a hard day when we have to euthanize a bear,” said District Wildlife Manager Cassidy English in a statement. “Our mission is to protect wildlife. When bears become habituated to people, they can become a threat to public safety. This is why it is so important that our community works together to keep wildlife wild.”

For more information on how to be bear aware: visit cpw.state.co.us for educational materials on Bear-Proofing Your Home and Living with Wildlife

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  1. I’ll be honest, after reading this and knowing they’ll put him down, if I come home to a bear on the couch I’m not calling them. We’ll just hang out and watch TV as long as he wants until he gets bored and wanders off.

    1. What an awesome comment! And me too. You are my kind of person. Poor bear. Just trying to fill his belly, and make his way in life. They should have tranqualized him, and relocated him somewhere remote.

    2. The bear was there because they left food out back, both bird food and pet food,he figured there was more inside because he’d already been relocated from an area where he’d broken in to houses.

  2. The bear was there because there are way too many deer. We need to cull the deers.

    1. The bear was there because it was part of their natural habitat before people built houses there.

    2. Black bears are mostly vegetarians. They rarely eat meat but will feast on it if they come upon a kill and are hungry enough!

  3. I would love to have a bear as a roommate, except for the whole “He might eat me” vibe he’d be constantly be sending out…

  4. Please don’t provide free handouts for them. They will become dependent on you and lose their natural desire to fend for themselves. Kinda like our homeless population.

  5. Exactly how far did they relocate him the last time that he is back in the area and lured in thanks to people still not smart enough to manage their trash or not leave animal food outside?

    Bears follow their noses towards food- that simple. Trash, pet food, candy wrappers or even food worn while cooking will draw them in like crazy.

  6. I hope the homeowner was cited for having food outside. Good lord what an idiot and now the bear is dead. If you live in an interface area, you’re going to have wildlife, so don’t attract them.

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