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Couple camping in tent encounter bear near Colorado Springs

May 6, 2020 GMT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Colorado are searching for a small bear that pounced on top of a tent where a couple was camping near Colorado Springs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the incident happened Monday at the Golden Eagle Campground, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of Colorado Springs, KUSA-TV reported.

The couple was awakened by the sound of the bear rustling around their campsite before it stood on its back legs and put its paws on the tent causing it to collapse, officials said.

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The bear slightly retreated before it turned back and huffed at the campers, who turned on their car’s alarm to scare it away, wildlife officials said. No one was injured.

The event was classified as an attack because the bear contacted a human, officials said.

A trap was set in the area in hopes of catching it. If successful, the bear would be relocated to a more remote region.

“By the descriptions of the bear and by studying its footprints, it appears to be a juvenile bear,” officer Aaron Berscheid said. “Its behavior sounds more as if it was just curious rather than aggressive. There were no food attractants at the campsite. I think it was just a curious young bear.”

Authorities have urged campers to observe Bear Aware rules, including properly storing food and anything with an odor.