Bear strolls around Pueblo West Thursday morning

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A bear spent a few hours wandering around Pueblo West this morning before being captured.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office got a call around 7:20 a.m. that there was a bear on El Esperante Drive, near McCulloch Blvd and West Capistrano Avenue. Deputies kept on eye on it as it wandered in the area near Pueblo West High School and prevented it from coming too close to homes and schools.

As the bear walked around a field near Spaulding Ave and Conquistador Ave, it did get close to at least one house but appeared to get spooked and ran away.

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer tranquilized the bear, which was tagged and will be relocated. The bear was not injured.

Pueblo West High School, Sierra Vista Elementary School and Kinderkirk Preschool and Childcare were notified of the bear in the area, but no one was ever threatened.

PCSO, CPW, Pueblo West Fire and Colorado State Parks teamed up to track and capture the bear.

“I commend the deputies for the great job they did in ensuring the safety of the residents and in particular, the schools as students and staff were arriving for the day,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “Deputies were vigilant in keeping a close eye on the bear and herding it away from schools and homes until it could be safely captured.

As bear sightings become more frequent, residents are urged to never approach it and call 9-1-1.

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