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CPW hazes bear trapped near Teller County home

Posted: 3:21 PM, Aug 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-19 17:26:02-04
Hazing bear near Woodland Park

TELLER COUNTY — Colorado Parks and Wildlife released video Monday showing officers scaring off a bear that was recently trapped near a home in Teller County.

While the officers in the video may seem mean, they're actually doing the bear a favor.

Hazing is a technique to discourage interactions between bears and humans. CPW said it saved a bear a "strike." Strikes are assigned to bears each time they are trapped following interactions with humans. Under CPW policy, if a bear receives two strikes, it is euthanized.

For this bear, it was shot with rubber slugs and chased by a CPW K9 officer as it was released from CPW custody.

The video can be seen below: