COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in Colorado on Thursday were able to free a bear that got caught in a storm drain for about an hour.

Colorado Springs Utilities workers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region workers arrived to the residential neighborhood Thursday afternoon to work out a strategy to get the bruin out.

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They didn’t want to handle it because they would have to tag it and it would be euthanized if tagged again.

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Wildlife officials harassed the bear by firing a nonlethal rubber slug while utility workers opened a manhole . The bear, estimated to be about 250 pounds, climbed out and was chased away.

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