Famous Boulder Bear Hit and Killed by Car

May 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM 1 comment

Last week I posted about a bear that was up a tree just down the road from me.  The bear subsequently became known as the “falling bear” after this photograph taken by University of Colorado student Andy Duann of the CUIndependent.com went viral:

(Andy Duann/CUIndependent.com)

Well, sad news to report this morning.  Our friend the bear was hit and killed by a car on U.S. 36 (the freeway that runs between Boulder and Denver) yesterday morning:

The bear famously tranquilized on the University of Colorado campus last week, and immortalized in a viral photo by CU student Andy Duann, met a tragic death early Thursday in the Denver-bound lanes of U.S. 36.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a 280-pound black bear that died on U.S. 36 after being hit by a car at about 5:40 a.m. Thursday was the same bear that became known worldwide last week after wandering onto the CU campus near the Williams Village dorm complex.

The bear, photographed in a now-famous image by Duann in mid-air falling from a tree after being tranquilized, was picked up by wildlife officials Thursday morning about a half-mile from the Cherryvale bridge southeast of Boulder.

Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, confirmed that officials positively identified the bear as the same animal tranquilized April 26 and relocated to a wilderness area about 50 miles west of Boulder.


So sad.  That bear was quite a bear to have made its way 50 miles back to town.



Entry filed under: Animals (Other Than Us).

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  • 1. JC for pennies  |  May 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Rest in peace, bear. Your trials and tribulations are over. Salud!

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