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Three bears captured in C. Springs neighborhood, only 2 survive

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A mama black bear unexpectedly died Thursday afternoon, after Parks and Wildlife tried to capture the sow and her cubs from a residential neighborhood.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was called to the Stratmoor Hills area around noon on Thursday, after someone reported three bears up in a tree.

District Wildlife Manager Philip Gurule tells News5 they had to tranquilize the sow in order to get her down from.

He says they tried to coax the cubs down, but were unsuccessful.  Officials ended up tranquilizing them, and the fire department was able to catch them with a tarp.

Several hours after capturing the bears, Parks and Wildlife told News5 the mother did not survive--though at this point, they are not sure what her cause of death is.

Her two cubs will be rehabilitated and then relocated.

"We will actually be relocating these bears--usually about 100 air miles away in a better habitat than this," Gurule explained.

"They're kind of in a bad spot being this close to I-25.  We'll get them in the right areas where they can live out the rest of their lives," he added.

Parks and Wildlife want to remind people to be "bear aware," by being responsible with their trash receptacles, and cleaning them out regularly.

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