STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers rescued a bear stuck in a culvert on a property in Steamboat Springs Tuesday morning.
“[A plumber] put in a waterline at a property in Priest Creek Ranch in Steamboat last week and covered it with a culvert and a bear got into the culvert,” Shannon Lukens with Steamboat Radio told CBS4.READ MORE: Gov. Jared Polis To Request Federal Disaster Declaration For I-70 Mudslide Damage Through Glenwood Canyon
The plumber, Kevin Deshazer, went back on Tuesday morning and found the bear stuck inside it.
You can hear a man call down to the bear — and the bear jumps up toward him.
“Good boy,” the man says. “Good boy.”
CPW Wildlife Officer Kyle Bond arrived and tranquilized the bear.READ MORE: 1 Dead In Hit & Run, Police Search For Suspect Driver, Vehicle
Then Bond climbed down into the culvert with the bear — and secured it with a tow strap.
Using a tractor, the bear was lifted from the hole.
CPW officials say it’s a male and weighs 250-275 pounds.
It was placed in a bear trap and CPW plans to relocate it to northern Routt County Tuesday afternoon.
Watch a full video of the rescue, courtesy of Kevin Deshazer and Cregan Ortner, and edited by Shannon Lukens, below.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine Will Be Required For All Denver City Employees By End Of September