A bear wandered into a tree near the Citadel Mall Thursday afternoon, attracting a crowd of curious onlookers.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers were working to remove and relocate the bear just after 12:30 p.m. Photos show a CPW officer monitoring the bear as bystanders snapped photos and videos.

Pueblo County Sheriff's deputies also tranquilized a wandering bear seen in an open field near Pueblo West High School, Sierra Vista Elementary School and Kinderkirk Preschool and Childcare Thursday morning. At one point, it ambled toward a home near Spaulding and Conquistador avenues but was spooked and ran away.

Once captured, the bear was tagged and relocated.

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