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Sep 1, 2010 12:55 AM by Greg Boyce and Andy Koen

UPDATED: Bears were considered a threat

They were not the kind of house guests that Richard Hall wanted to have drop-in unexpectedly.  A pair of bear cubs had found their way into his kitchen Tuesday morning.

"I looked into the kitchen and there were two bear cubs, each maybe 60, 70 pounds on the kitchen counter, one of them had crawled up on that shelf," he said.

Hall says he yelled at the cubs to scare them away. They scrambled through the house and then pushed their way out a window in the living room.

That's when he saw the mother bear waiting for the cubs out on the veranda and he called 911.

"I was concerned that the mother was going to come into the house after her cubs and I didn't know what was going to happen if that happened."

Division of Wildlife officers arrived and chased after the bears through the neighborhood and eventually ran them up into a large Blue Spruce. They were tranquilized and then put down.

Michael Seraphin, public information officer for the DOW said the bears had gotten into garages and freezers in the neighborhood before and that their lack of caution around people's homes made them a threat to public safety.

"Once they begin going into homes, even if we were move those bears to another location they would demonstrate that same behavior again in the new location."

Hall says he understands, but feels bad for the bears.

"I'm sorry that happened, but I understand the reasoning," he said.  "The Division of Wildlife is much more familiar with this sort of animal behavior than I am."

Seraphin said homeowners who live in the wild land interface should be aware that their homes are located in wildlife habitats and that it's best for everyone, especially the animals, to not put out bird feeders, and to lock up trash cans. Mr. Hall does not have a bird feeder and his trash cans were properly locked up.

----------UPDATED----------

A mama bear and two cubs have been euthanized after breaking into a home in Colorado Springs Tuesday morning.

The bears were discovered in the 1500 block of West Woodmen in the north east part of Colorado Springs.  The Department of Wildlife said the homeowner called 9-1-1 around 10 a.m. when the bears broke into his house.

Wildlife Officers euthanized the bears after deciding they could not be relocated.  The resident was not injured.

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