Attempt to relocate bear and two cubs ends in mama bear’s death outside Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - A mother bear died Thursday after Colorado Parks and Wildlife tried to remove her and two young cubs from a residential neighborhood just south of Colorado Springs.

The bears, which reportedly had been rooting through residents' garbage in the Stratmoor Hills neighborhood, would have been moved after being captured, Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin said. When wildlife officers arrived, though, the mother was in a tree and couldn't be removed without being tranquilized, he said.

The tranquilizer didn't take effect immediately, and the mother climbed higher, falling to her death when it knocked her out, Vogrin said. The cubs, which can't survive on their own yet, will be taken to a rehabilitation facility and eventually released.

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