Bear Trapped in Storm Drain Gets out From Manhole in Colorado

July 30, 2018 Last Updated: July 30, 2018

A bear was found trapped inside a storm drain in west Colorado Springs on July 26, according to local media. Wildlife officials had to get a little creative to set the creature free.

Video showed the 3- or 4-year-old black bear sitting inside the drain and looking outside through the opening at the curb. It seemed as though the bear may have been hiding from the rain.

However, officials said the bear must have slipped into the storm drain while it was looking for food.

Officials from Colorado Park and Wildlife removed the lid from a nearby manhole and waited a few minutes to see if the bear would get out of the drain by itself. The bear first stuck out its head and looked around, then it pulled itself out of the manhole.

Once the bear was out, officials made loud noises and used rubber bullets to scare it away into the woods. Officials said bears were usually put down if they were found repeatedly in the neighborhood. But these alternative methods of scaring the bear away could save the bear’s life.

Upon investigation, an open garbage container filled with branches with berries were found about 100 yards away. Officials believed this is the reason the bear showed up in the neighborhood.