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An "aggressive" bear has been frightening people at a popular Colorado Springs park.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, over the last couple of days the bear has approached several people using the trails at Bear Creek Regional Park, refusing to back off when the people would yell and throw things.
The bear reportedly got within 10 feet of one runner, who screamed for help. When two other runners came to her rescue, the bear still refused to retreat.
"He kept approaching us, so we had to keep turning around and yelling at him...being big and grabbing sticks," Pattye Volz recalled.
The group was eventually able to make it to the road safely, where the bear did not follow them.
Parks and Wildlife officers closed the trials west of 21st Street Monday in the park while they searched for the bear. There's no word if there's cause for concern on the trails off of High Drive, a short distance from Bear Creek Regional Park.
We are working to get information on whether the trails are closed Tuesday.
Once the bear is caught, wildlife officials will determine if there is any way to haze or relocate the bear. Bears typically shy away from people, which has led to concerns about this one particular bear's unusually bold demeanor posing a safety threat to people. Parks and Wildlife says that if the bear is found to have lost all fear of humans, it could be dangerous, requiring wildlife officials to put it down.
11 News is remaining in contact with Parks and Wildlife, and will keep you updated on the progress of their search.
Bear Creek Regional Park is located on the west side of town near, spanning east to west from 8th Street to High Drive. Much of it is near a residential area, and on its western end runs close to Red Rock Canyon Open Space and the trail network off High Drive. A popular dog park is also located west of 21st Street.
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