A black bear was freed Thursday from inside a Colorado storm drain, where it had been stuck for almost an hour.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife believes the bear has since headed into the gulch along Cherry Creek and since it hasn't display any threatening behavior, there's no need to respond. That's one strike against it.
Colorado Springs Utilities workers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region workers were called to the scene and worked out a strategy to free the beast that didn't involve an official handling it.
As they waited, residents in the area, described as a "senior community", were told to remain in their homes.
Armed with a shotgun holding non-lethal rubber slugs, the wildlife officers waited for the bear to make its exit, the agency said.
"After few minutes, the bear poked its head out and began looking for an Escape Route", officials tweeted. 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", Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrote on Twitter. "That's a reason we hate this, it's incumbent that the neighborhood secures their garbage".