Wildlife In The Burbs

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 2:47pm

Wildlife In The Burbs

It's that time of year again when some unwelcome visitors will try their hardest to move into neighborhoods for all the wrong reasons.

When they do, they can cause damage.

We're talking about wildlife, specifically bears and mountain lions.

A few of them were spotted down in Colorado Springs, Colorado over the last couple of days.

"We've seen deer and bobcats down here," Anne Couch, a Colorado Springs resident, said.

Couch has even seen a few bears before, but she never got as close to one as she did Saturday morning.

"At first I thought it was the cat, then I thought: 'How could the cat do this to the window?'" she said.

When she looked out the window, she saw a bear looking right back at her.

"I didn't think he was going to wave, but the growl was a surprise," Couch added.

Bears are one thing.

Mountain lions are another.

A little 80-pound cat was spotted in a tree on the west side of Colorado Springs Tuesday morning.

"Which is not uncommon as many of your viewers have heard, they do show up from time to time in Colorado Springs," Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

This cat was startled and immediately ran off.

"They can bolt when they have that little jolt of dart," Churchill said.

The mountain lion was eventually captured and released in to the wild.

Which brings up an important reminder: Mountain lions and bears are wild.

"We need people to do all they can, especially not leave out bird feeders," Churchill said.

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