Springs couple wakes up to find bear lounging in backyard

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs couple got quite the surprise Friday morning when they woke up to find a bear lounging in a tree in their backyard.

They live on the west side of Colorado Springs, near 30th and King Street.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it's best to just leave the bear alone and once it's dark, it will most likely leave and go back into the woods.

Connie Cox and her husband were looking at their game camera from the backyard early this morning.

They typically use it to see if there are raccoons around, but what they saw was much bigger than a raccoon. They looked out their bedroom window, and sure enough, there the bear was.

The Coxes are used to seeing bears around their neighborhood and gave him his space.

"Just excitement; it was cool. We don't really get afraid of them. I don't like the idea of them possibly coming in the house, but they're as afraid of us as we are of them," Connie Cox said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife want to remind our viewers that these are wild animals and to use appropriate caution.

Keep your kids and pets away, because bears can get down from a tree in a hurry.