BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A bear tranquilized at the University of Colorado last week and widely viewed in a photo showing it falling from a tree is dead after being hit by two cars.
The 280-pound black bear was struck on a highway around dawn Thursday. It happened a little more than 2 miles from the university.
The bear was relocated to a wilderness area 50 miles west of Boulder, after it wandered onto campus, was tranquilized and fell from a tree onto some pads.
Wildlife officials say the bear likely returned to the area because it lacked natural food sources because of dry weather.
The bear was identified by a tag placed on him after he was tranquilized. Officials track bears that are captured after coming close to people.