Bear escapes storm drain in Colorado Springs

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:39:53-04

A bear is free after it was found stuck in a storm drain near Lower Gold Camp Road on the west side of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and Colorado Springs utilities worked together to remove a manhole cover on top of the drain, giving the bear a route to escape.

A CPW shot the bear with non-lethal rubber slugs to discourage it from coming back around humans. If the bear had not been able to escape on its own, it would have been tagged. The next time it was handled, it would have had to be euthanized.

Because the bear ran away from the area unassisted, it will not receive an ear tag.

While it is raining in Colorado Springs and other areas of El Paso County are under a flash flood warning, there was not a significant amount of water running into the storm drain.