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Snowy day brings bear cubs to News5 parking lot

Bear cubs at KOAA
Posted at 4:46 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 14:58:43-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The News5 Staff wasn't the only one enjoying the snow and winter-like weather this morning.

Two bear cubs were playing with the tree branches outside of our building just after 4 a.m.

Video captured from our KOAA Colorado Springs studio off Rockrimmon Boulevard next to Ute Valley Park shows the cubs running away to catch up with momma bear after spending a little time playing with the tree.

Those of us already at the station were able to watch the cubs from behind the window, while some of us had to wait in our cars for them to leave.

Bears are currently in a state of hyperphagia, or an increased hunger and appetite as they fatten up for winter hibernation.

This was our personal Bear Aware moment, but everyone should be Bear Aware as they continue their feeding frenzy for up to 24 hours a day through mid-December, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Since early April, Colorado Parks & Wildlife received nearly 5,000 bear incident reports, of which over half involved bears looking for food.