Wildlife Officials Tranquilize Bear In Arvada

The bear after being tranquilized (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

The bear after being tranquilized (credit: Jill McGranahan, Arvada Police)

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A bear who has been wandering around in a neighborhood in Arvada has been tranquilized.

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

(credit: Jill McGranahan, Arvada Police)

(credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

(credit: Jill McGranahan, Arvada Police)

Wildlife officials shot the 300-pound bear with a tranquilizer dart Thursday morning and planned to move the animal to a safer location. He was shot at 67th and Benton, a few blocks west of Sheridan.

The bear was seen several times in recent days, and some neighbors got reverse 911 calls warning residents to keep children and small pets inside.

Animal management officers said the bear is believed to be a 1-year-old male who wandered down from the mountains and simply lost his way. They said he probably posed little threat to humans.

“Bears don’t like to be around people. They’re actually very, very scared of people. They’re not going to attack unless they’re provoked or have cubs. He just wants to be left alone and needs to find his way back to the woods,” Animal Management Officer Kara Pardikes told CBS4 on Tuesday.

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