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Bear sighting prompts search of Aurora neighborhood

Posted at 12:19 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 18:31:24-04

AURORA, Colo. — A bear spotted near E-470 and East Arapahoe Road in Aurora Tuesday morning prompted a search by police and wildlife officers.

The Aurora Police Department tweeted around 11 a.m. that the bear was seen in the 23500 block of East Briarwood Drive.

The tweet warned residents not to approach the animal.

Video from AIRTRACKER7 over the scene showed officers focusing on a tree near a subdivision.

At one point during the search, a wildlife officer was seen pointing a tranquilizer gun toward the tree.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office later tweeted that the bear was found but it wouldn't come out.

The sheriff's office drone video shows the bear coming out from under a large tree and then turning around when it spots the drone.

Deputies said they left the animal alone, noting it appeared healthy and seemed happy.

Officials warned that bears are very active this time of year as they try and eat as much as they can before they go into hibernation for the winter.