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Popular Colorado Springs park reopens after bear visit

September 21, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A popular Colorado Springs area park where a bear family had temporarily settled has re-opened.

The Gazette reports a mother bear and a cub were seen Thursday taking naps on a tree near the aptly named Bear Creek Dog Park.

Officials closed the park Thursday afternoon after the bears lingered on the tree for hours.

El Paso County Parks’ Facebook page says the mother was also starting to get agitated.

Officials say the bears were no longer in the area by Friday morning and officially reopened the park.

Officials say the bears moved on on their own.

The county’s website says Bear Creek Dog Park is the county’s most-visited park, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Park officials advise visitors to be aware of their surroundings in case the bears come back.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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