Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

A 200-pound bear that was "suffering and in distress, breathing heavily" in west Colorado Springs was euthanized Monday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported.

The agency's officers responded to reports of a bear "acting strangely" about a block away from Jackson Elementary School, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., and found the sow, the agency tweeted. The bear and her two 60-pound cubs were tranquilized, and several hours later, the mother was euthanized.

The cubs will be released.

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"Officers assessed the tranquilized sow for injuries and disease," the agency tweeted. "A sick/injured sow acting erratically is too dangerous to be left in a residential area near a school. A necropsy will be performed on the sow."

Ellie is a general assignment reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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