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.
"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."