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Busy days for CPW as they save two bears and an owl

Posted at 7:29 PM, Feb 05, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-06 09:37:02-05

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The last couple of days have been busy for Colorado Parks & Wildlife as they placed two orphaned bears into an artificial den Friday and rescued an owl on Monday.

The artificial den is up on Pikes Peak. CPW says their officers took great care to ensure the cubs would survive in the wild.

CPW says the bears will spend the winter in the den and emerge as wild bears in the spring.

The following partners joined CPW on Friday:

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU)
  • Colorado Springs City Council

CPW says CSU helped capture one of the cubs from a high tree and helped make sure a secure location was accessed for the den.

Springs Utilities and CPW rescue bear cub from Colorado Springs neighborhood

Biologists hope the heavy snow this weekend convinced the cubs to stay in their new home.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo supplied GPS transmitters for the cubs. They say this will help them collect important data to inform future bear research.

On Monday, CPW Officer Deme McDowell captured an injured owl that was trying to outrun her in Colorado Springs.

CPW says the owl had uneven pupils, which is an indicator of possible head trauma. They say the owl had an injury to one of its wings, which is why the owl ran from Officer McDowell instead of flying away.

According to CPW, the owl will be taken to the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center's raptor facility in Pueblo for rehabilitation.


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