People Notice Someone Peeking Out At Them From Down In The Sewer
"How'd you get in there?"
Folks at the Brookdale Skyline assisted living community in Colorado were given quite a shock on Thursday after residents there noticed someone unexpected lurking in a nearby storm drain.
Peering out from the shadowy sewer — was a bear.
How the rather large bear ended up there isn't clear, but it appeared he'd need a helping hand to escape the spot. Before a rescue plan was put in place, a crew from news station KRDO 13 dropped by to see the sewer bear firsthand.
"How'd you get in there?" someone is heard asking the bear on a video from the scene.
The bear, however, chose to stay mum.
Fortunately, the bear's subterranean predicament had a pretty easy solution.
Officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife simply opened up the closest manhole cover and waited. It wasn't long before the bear climbed up and out on his own.
About 6 minutes after the manhole cover was removed, out came the bear, estimated to be 3 to 4 years old and about 250 lb. An @COParksWildlife officer fired a non-lethal rubber slug at the bear as officers chased it into an open space behind this #ColoradoSprings neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/F4f6FEcFI9— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 26, 2018
As the bear scampered away, one of the officers pelted him in the rear end with a rubber bullet to reinforce his fear of humans. (Sure, it might seem a little mean, but it was done with the bear's best interest in mind.)
By hazing this bear with non-lethal rubber slugs, @COParksWildlife gave this bear an extra lease on life. If it had been handled and tagged, that would have counted as a strike against the bear. Next time it was handled, it would have had to be euthanized. pic.twitter.com/Om1z7AkHKl— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 26, 2018
With any luck, this will be the bear's one and only run-in with wildlife officials.