Bear leads chase through Fruita

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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

A young bear, weighing about 100 pounds, carries a tranquilizing dart in his backside in the back yard of a home on East Carolina Street in Fruita about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The bear was soon asleep; state wildlife officers planned to relocate the bear.


Tranquilized, then moved out of area

A young bear led wildlife officers on a chase through Fruita on Wednesday, marking the 162nd time wildlife officials have had to deal with bears in the last two months in a region around the Grand Valley.
The bear, which was tranquilized and is to be relocated, was fortunate.

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