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Trash found in stomach of aggressive bear

Posted: 5:56 PM, Jul 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-04 19:59:13-04
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BOULDER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers say trash and food wrappers were found in the stomach of an aggressive bear that was removed from a Boulder neighborhood and later euthanized.

CPW was called to Oak Avenue in north Boulder in June after calls of an aggressive bear. The bear was tranquilized and captured, and later euthanized because it had a history of dangerous behavior and had already been relocated once.

It's the first bear that has been put down in Boulder County this year.

CPW says the bear weighed 243 pounds and estimate it was between 8 and 10 years old.

Parks and Wildlife officials say anytime an animal has to be put down, "we all lose a little bit of the wild that makes Colorado so great," and it is always a dark day for wildlife officers when they have to put an animal down.

People can help save bears by keeping trash, fruit, bee hives, chickens, and other food items that might attract them locked and secured.