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Wildlife officials search for mama bear after tranquilizing cub found wandering in southern Colorado

September 1, 2017 Updated: September 2, 2017 at 8:31 am
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photo - This bear cub was spotted in Pueblo Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.
This bear cub was spotted in Pueblo Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. 

PUEBLO -The mother of a baby bear cub found wandering in Pueblo Thursday has yet to be found.

Earlier this week Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Pueblo police got a call about a black bear cub roaming free at 29th Street and 8th Avenue, on the north side, at about 5:30 p.m. 

Pueblo resident Jeff Cremer, a professional photographer,  was as shocked as anyone, "I saw the bear run by my garage while I was working on my motorcycle. I almost had a heart attack."

He ran inside his house and got his 800mm lens and started taking pictures.

CPW Spokesperson Bill Vogrin says the eight-month-old female cub somehow got separated from her mama. Pueblo police watched as the wildlife officer took careful aim and shot the cub with two tranquilizer darts. Then the bear got a nap. CPW is holding the cub until they can locate the mama bear, reunite the two and then release them into a forested area away from city life.

Vogrin says CPW is getting a lot of calls about bear sightings because a late spring freeze wiped out the acorn crop in much of the Front Range, which includes Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Bears eat the acorns and if they're not plentiful, then the bears will look for alternate food sources, which may include dog or cat food, bird seed in feeders and trash.

CPW is reminding everyone that if you see wildlife, don't approach, call them at 719-227-5200.

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