Bear spends the day touring University of Colorado-Boulder campus

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 9 (UPI) — A studious black bear raised a stir when it made a day-long campus visit to the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The bear was first reported walking over a bridge across Varsity Lake about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and it was subsequently seen climbing a tree and wandering a wooded ravine on campus.

“A bear was spotted this morning near Varsity Lake in the northwest part of campus,” the university said on its website.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Manager Chris Mettenbrink said the bear headed back toward the mountains about 7 p.m.

“It slept up in the tree most of the day,” Mettenbrink told the Boulder Daily Camera. “It came down and kind of moved on.”

The university used the sighting as an opportunity to share some bear safety tips:

* Don’t feed bears, and don’t put out food for other wildlife that attracts bears.

* Be responsible about trash and bird feeders.

* Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.

* If you see a bear on campus, call 911. Stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you and leave. Talk in a normal tone of voice. Be sure the bear has an escape route. If you see cubs, their mother is usually close by. Leave the area immediately.

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