COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Students at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs got an unexpected lesson in wildlife management. They spotted a 200 lb. black bear in a culvert behind the school on Monday.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers used pepper spray and a bean bag gun to get the bear to move out of the area. Students shouted “don’t hurt the bear!”

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Officers explained the best thing to do in these situations is to scare the bear so its stays away from humans.

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The bear climbed up a tree and eventually left.

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