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Bears pulled from tree in downtown Aspen's pedestrian mall

Posted September 15

— Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials tranquilized a mother bear and her two cubs that had found their way into a tree on an Aspen pedestrian mall.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/2wZKKf7 ) the groggy mother slowly slid down the tree trunk Thursday and into a tarp held by law enforcement officials. Once she was wrapped up and put in a cage, Aspen Fire Department officials used a cherry-picker basket to get to the sedated cubs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife area manager Perry Will says the mother bear and her two cubs appeared healthy and will be transported to a "very close to the Utah border in very good habitat."

Will says the bears were in Aspen probably for the crab apples because food in the mountains is scarce this year.

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