Division of Wildlife officials say drought drove a young bear into a Colorado Springs neighborhood Tuesday morning. The young male bear was spotted in the 800 block of San Rafael. Neighbors found him hiding out in a tree after he was chased up it by a family of foxes. DOW says the bear had been after food left out for the foxes.
"In a drought year it's hard for bears to find food," said Shaun Deeney of the DOW. "The easiest food to get right now is associated with people."
The bear was tranquilized, tagged and moved somewhere at least 100 miles outside the city. It's a "2 strikes you're out" situation for bears like this. If he's caught again in the city he'll be euthanized. The Division of Wildlife reminds home owners to keep pet food and trash inside or in the garage until trash day, so as not to attract bears and other animals. They also warn leaving food out for wildlife is illegal.