Bear spotting in Pueblo; first time in 9 months

Bear in Pueblo tweeted by the Pueblo Police Department watch captain 5/21/20

PUEBLO, Colo (KKTV) - A bear was spotted in Pueblo's southwest side early Thursday morning, for the first time in nine months.

Pueblo Police Department Captain Tom Rummel tweeted around 2:30 a.m. that an officer was on Orman Avenue when he saw a bear run in front of his car.

"The bear kept going & disappeared into the night. You never know what you’ll see on the night shift!" said Rummel.

Shortly after around 3 a.m. the bear turned up again. Officers used their cars to direct the bear towards an open field, so the bear didn't get hit by a car or have a bad encounter with a person.

Later around 6 a.m. the bear was spotted at Bessemer Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife eventually recovered the bear on the west side of Lake Minnequa.

CPW said the 1-year-old bear likely followed the Arkansas River down to Pueblo. He will be relocated south of Pueblo.

In 2019, CPW said there were at least 10 bear sitings. This is the first bear siting in 2020.

"This sneaky little guy is doing everything he can to be a city bear," tweeted Rummel.