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Bear Put Down After Putting Boulder School On Lock Out

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A bear in a tree near 9th and College in Boulder on Friday (credit: Boulder Daily Camera)

A bear in a tree near 9th and College in Boulder on Friday (credit: Boulder Daily Camera)

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A bear spotted in a tree near an elementary school in Boulder kept those students inside for a while on Friday. Wildlife officials said they had to put down the bear.

The bear was lounging high in a tree on the Columbia Cemetery campus near 9th and College in Boulder on Friday afternoon.

That kept Flatiron Elementary School on lockout for a while until it was determined the bear was not a danger to children.

The bear had been tagged which meant that it’s has been relocated once before after it came too close to humans.

Students were finally dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Friday.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said they had to put the bear down because they feared he had become too comfortable around humans.

The bear was between 180-200 pounds.

A necropsy will be performed on the bear to determine the contents of his stomach. If the bear had been eating out of dumpsters wildlife officials will use the opportunity to educate the public about locking up their trash.

It’s been a busy week in Boulder. On Tuesday a mother bear and her two cubs spent much of the day in a tree in a Boulder neighborhood.

The mother bear had been previously tagged so wildlife officers were concerned the situation could end badly.

In Colorado’s two strikes rule if the mother bear has to be relocated again, wildlife officers have to put her down.

Those bears climbed down from the tree sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It’s believed they returned to higher ground.

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