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CPW looking for bear after it pounces on tent near Colorado Springs

Posted at 8:47 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 22:51:28-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Early Monday morning, a small bear pounced on a tent in a private campground southwest of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said a couple was sleeping in the tent but neither person was injured.

CPW said that although no one was hurt, this incident is still classified as an attack because the bear contacted a human. A trap has now been set by wildlife officers in opes of catching the bear. CPW said a small bear has been seen in the campground in recent weeks and is suspected in this incident.

If caught, CPW doesn't plan to euthanize the bear because it was not aggressive toward the people. It would also be impossible to positively identify the bear without hair or tissue samples for comparison. Wildlife officers plan to haze the bear or release in a more remote region, the agency said.

The incident occurred at the Golden Eagle Campground of Highway 115, about five miles southwest of Colorado Springs.

CPW said this is an important reminder of the need to observe Bear Aware rules, especially when camping in bear country.

You can find more information on staying safe in bear country here: CPW reminds residents and visitors to be extra bear aware this time of year