Aug 1, 2011 1:37 PM by David Ortiviz

Cubs linger in homeowner's tree for hours before joining mama

There were tense moments in a Pueblo neighborhood, when a mama bear and her cubs invaded a homeowner's yard. Early this morning a newspaper delivery person spotted the animals, called 911 and warned the residents.

When the Division of Wildlife got to the scene on Alma Ave., the bears were hanging out in a tall tree. They shot the mama bear with a sedative and were able to get her down using a rope. Getting the cubs down would prove to be a much bigger challenge.

The DOW was hoping the cubs would come down on their own--which they say usually happens because the cubs want to be with their mother. However they stayed up in the tree for three hours.

Wildlife officers called Black Hills Energy, so they could use a bucket truck to get up close to the high branches and rescue the cubs. Just as the truck pulled up, the cubs started to slowly make their way down.

They got down and eventually climbed into the bear trap with their mother. Wildlife officers closed the trap and gave a high five to the homeowner.

The DOW says this was the first time this bear has wandered into the city. They estimate she's about 20 years old. They tagged her and plan to release her and her cubs back into the wild.


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