Colorado firefighters use ladder truck to rescue bear in tree
Published: May 20, 2013 01:05PM
Updated: May 20, 2013 01:05PM
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This image provided by the Colorado Springs Fire Department shows a bear being rescued from a tree after being tranquilized May 19, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The bear weighed between 150 and 200 lbs. State wildlife division spokesman Michael Serpahin a wildlife officer and firefighters put a harness around it. Then they lowered the bear to the ground as it dangled from the ladder. (AP Photo/Colorado Springs Fire Department)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. • It was a bigger-than-average tree rescue for firefighters in Colorado Springs.

They had to use a ladder truck to reach a black bear after it fell asleep in a tall pine tree after being tranquilized Sunday.

The bear weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. State wildlife division spokesman Michael Seraphin says a wildlife officer and firefighters put a harness around it. Then they lowered the bear to the ground as it dangled from the ladder.

Tranquilized bears usually fall out of trees and are caught with a tarp or are low enough for wildlife officers to climb up and retrieve them.

This bear was tranquilized twice, but the first dart only made it climb higher. After the second, it fell comfortably asleep in a crook in the tree.