Firefighters use a ladder truck to rescue a BEAR stuck in a neighborhood tree

By Jessica Montoya Coggins

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Firefighters in Colorado Springs had quite the operation when they rescued a black bear from a pine tree on Sunday.

The bear, which weighed over 150 pounds, was asleep after it was tranquilized before the firefighters used a ladder to bring it down.

The rescue occurred at the intersection of Chelton Road and Claremont Street, a residential area just blocks from James Monroe Elementary School.

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Heavy load: firefighters first tranquilized the black bear before taking it down from the tree

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Channeling Yogi or Boo Boo: a female black bear found herself high above a pine tree in Colorado Springs

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The B-shift crew of the firefighter department was in charge of bringing down the bear

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Reacting to photos on Twitter one user commented 'bears are the new cats'

The firefighters targeted the bear with a tranquilizer gun but the first shot only made her climb up higher.

After their second attempt the bear was knocked out.

Michael Seraphin, a Colorado state wildlife division spokesman, said that firefighters used a harness to bring her down.The entire operation took approximately five hours.  

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The neighborhood gathers to watch the unorthodox animal rescue

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Unlike grizzly bears, black bears actually try to avoid humans

The Twitter account for the Colorado Springs Fire Department Public Information Unit provided updates on the rescue mission along with photos of the bear as she was brought down.

After the bear was on the ground they posted a photo of her atop a blanket with the caption 'safe and sound!'

One commenter had a sense of humor about the mission and even used the hashtag '#BearsAreTheNewCats.'

The bear will be released back into the wild but 'at least 100 miles' away from Colorado Springs.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

In New York State, 70 miles is far enough to transplant a black bear so he won't come back but in Montana that is not far enough.

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I guess the rescue was a bear necessity.

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I guess the rescue was a bear necessity.

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Democrats are always doing good work like this. Bravo!

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Thanks guys for helping animals too. They will hopefully be the sirvivors of the world after all is said and done.

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I love firefighters.

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