Colorado wildlife officials kill bear that entered home


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a bear that had been previously relocated was killed after entering a home while the owner was inside.

Wildlife officers were called to a home in Colorado Springs around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and found a male bear inside the home on the resident’s couch, KUSA-TV reports that.

The woman was cooking bacon when the 150-pound (68-kilogram) animal entered the home by ripping a patio screen door, parks and wildlife officials said.

The woman safely left the home through her front door when she saw the bear.

A bird feeder outside the home and cat food near the patio screen door could have attracted the bear to the home, officials said.

Wildlife officers previously relocated the bear from a residential neighborhood. The animal returned to look for food and wildlife officials made the decision to kill the bear.

“It’s always a hard day when we have to euthanize a bear,” District Wildlife Manager Cassidy English said.

“When bears become habituated to people, they can become a threat to public safety,” English said. “This is why it is so important that our community works together to keep wildlife wild.”