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This image provided by the Colorado Springs Fire Department shows a bear that had been tranquilized being rescued from a tree on 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)

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By The Associated Press
Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
 

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 that fell asleep in a tall pine tree after being tranquilized on Sunday.

The bear weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. State wildlife division spokesman Michael Seraphin said on Monday 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.

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