“Falling Bear” Killed on Colorado Highway


**EMBARGO: DENVER** A sleeping bear on Colorado University’s campus in Boulder, CO was shot with a tranquilizer gun and fell to a mat on the ground. State Parks and Wildlife rangers placed the bear in a cage and then released him back to the wild.

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Richard J. Ortner, KDVR, Reporting

BOULDER, Colo. – A sleeping bear that caused a commotion on the University of Colorado campus last week has died.

The bear, now known as “the falling bear” because of this well-timed shot of him falling from a tree after being tranquilized on the CU-Boulder campus, was killed after being struck by a car on Highway 36.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say the 280 pound black bear was killed after being hit by a car early Thursday morning.

The bear was relocated to a wilderness area about 50 miles west of Boulder after it was tranquilized last week.

There’s no information available about the vehicle that hit the bear.

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