Police confirm bear cub sighting in downtown Colorado Springs; wildlife officials give up search

May 19, 2014 Updated: May 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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photo - People reported seeing the cub running by the El Paso County courthouse on Tejon Street and Vermijo Avenue about 6:30 a.m., said Lt. Catherine Buckley. (Courtesy KOAA / Robyn Abrams)
People reported seeing the cub running by the El Paso County courthouse on Tejon Street and Vermijo Avenue about 6:30 a.m., said Lt. Catherine Buckley. (Courtesy KOAA / Robyn Abrams) 

A bear cub was spotted roaming around downtown Colorado Springs Monday morning, police confirmed.

People reported seeing the cub running by the El Paso County courthouse on Tejon Street and Vermijo Avenue about 6:30 a.m., said Lt. Catherine Buckley.

The bear ran west on Kiowa Street and down a trail by St. Vrain Street, Buckley explained, adding that occasionally wildlife follow water sources into the city.

"Fountain and Monument creeks are nearby and Cheyenne Creek runs south on Nevada Avenue, behind the businesses," Buckley said. "Wildlife will follow those water sources from the mountains and into the city sometimes."

Police officers stopped looking for the bear cub after it was seen heading back into the trail's wooded area, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife was notified and has a crew looking for the bear, Buckley said.

If the bear goes back to the mountains on its own, wildlife officials will most likely leave it alone, said parks spokeswoman Abbie Walls.

"We try to leave them alone as much as possible, but if it comes back into the city we'll have to find it and relocate it," Walls said.

Bear sightings near downtown happen from time to time, Walls said, attributing Colorado Springs' many nature trails and access for wildlife.

Buckley said the bear sighting is a reminder to the public to make sure garbage and any food sources are kept locked or out of reach of anyanimals.

Check www.gazette.com for updates.

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