Bear euthanized after going into Colorado Springs home

 Bear who went into a Colorado Springs home
Bear who went into a Colorado Springs home (KKTV)
Published: Jun. 14, 2020 at 6:42 PM MDT
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A bear was euthanized over the weekend after wildlife officials say it went into a northwest Springs home while the resident was cooking breakfast.

“It's always a hard day when we have to euthanize a bear,” said District Wildlife Manager Cassidy English in a news release over the incident. “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.”

The homeowner was reportedly in her kitchen when she saw the bear entering her house. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the bear had gotten in by ripping a screen on her patio door. The homeowner was able to leave through her front door and was uninjured.

Wildlife officers found the bear sitting on the homeowner's couch.

The bear had previously been relocated from a northeast Springs neighborhood. Because it had found its way back into a populated area and was clearly looking for food, posing a risk to humans, wildlife officers made the difficult choice to put the bear.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife implores the public not to leave things like garbage out, which could attract bears and cause them to see homes as sources of food. The homeowner in Sunday's incident reportedly had a bird feeder hanging outside the house and cat food by the patio door -- both of which can be tempting to bears.

"Most conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easily accessible human food, garbage, birdseed or other attractants. A bear’s natural drive to eat can overcome its wariness of humans. Bears that get too comfortable around people can learn to open doors, destroy property or even become aggressive towards humans," CPW said.

The home in Sunday's incident is located on Spirerock Path off Woodmen Road and Orchard Valley Road.