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Colorado Gone Wild

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limpy1If a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, do you heed the warnings to stay inside or head out with the neighbors to try and catch a glimpse? A gaggle of Highlands Ranch residents opted for the latter yesterday, as reports rolled in that a small black bear had stopped traffic on South Chesapeake Street near Venneford Ranch Road, according to The Denver Post. Area schools were locked down and wildlife officials warned residents to stay indoors, but that didn’t curtail their curiosity, which, in the end, may not have been such a bad thing: Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told 7News that “the crowds might actually work in favor of wildlife officials because the noise would likely encourage the bear to stay in [hiding] and avoid human contact.” Human intervention is precisely what the WildEarth Guardians are hoping for in the case of an injured coyote named Limpy (pictured) and her apparent mate (via press release). The Guardians say that instead of trying to kill the animals, residents and authorities of Greenwood Village should attempt to help them. In other wild news, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has captured a Colorado pikeminnow, an endangered species formerly known as the Colorado squawfish, in De Beque Canyon, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinal reports.

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