A bear fell asleep in a pizza shop in downtown Colorado Springs on Monday after the wandering cub’s presence almost caused nearby Palmer High School to go on lockdown.
This bear cub’s venture into Louie’s Pizza’s prep room made Colorado headlines as the state’s latest reported bear-sighting incident. Although no official statistics have yet been released, Colorado Parks & Wildlife spokesman Matt Robbins said the reported sightings seem to be increasing.
"We just have to wait until it cools off a little more," for the sightings to slow down, Robbins told The Gazette
. "We're all waiting. And I'm the first one on that list."
A school resource officer at Palmer High School was told that a bear was wandering around near the school, Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Catherine Buckley told The Associated Press
. When the officer went to check out the threat, an employee from Louie’s Pizza caught the officer’s attention and revealed that the cub had entered the pizza parlor.
When the officer entered Louie’s Pizza, the bear cub was found fast asleep in the back of the store on a rack filled with boxes, according to the AP. No pizza slices were consumed before the cub nodded off to nap, although it ate some icing, according to The Gazette.
Louie’s Pizza’s door had been reportedly left open, unintentionally allowing access to its furry guest around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, according to CBS Denver. After the bear cub
was tranquilized, it was taken away to a rehabilitation center, due to its apparent malnourishment and an open wound on its paw.
“If we get that weight up and the wound heals, it will go back into the wild,” Robbins told The Gazette.
No mama bear sightings have been reported, leading the Colorado Parks & Wildlife officers to dub the cub an orphan.
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