Bear Chased Out Of Neighborhood By Officer 'Hazing' It With Paintball Gun

An officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife chased a bear out of a neighborhood using a "hazing" technique that involved a paintball gun and the sound of a Taser.

Bear sightings have been all over the news recently, and it may be partly due to their upcoming hibernation––so they're actively searching for food sources in September and October, according to Yellowstone Bear World. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said back in June that there was a "possibility of increased bear encounters this summer and fall because of late season storms that struck Colorado in May."

'Hazing' A Bear

A video posted on the agency's Twitter page shows the process of getting the bear out from under a porch and away from the neighborhood without handling it.

The National Park Service reported that bears may need to be hazed to change their behavior if they get too close to humans.

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Above, a stock image of a black bear. A video showed the hazing techniques a wildlife officer used to chase a bear out of a neighborhood. Silfox/iStock

The agency released a video showing what one hazing technique looks like, which involves firing paintball rounds that do not harm the bear. Instead, it "stings" the bear.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said bears often share space with the human population.

"Black bears are curious, intelligent and very resourceful; they will explore all possible food sources," the agency said. "If they find food near homes, campgrounds, vehicles, or communities, they'll come back for more."

'Avoid Tranquilizing And Handling The Bear'

At the start of the video, a bear is seen underneath a porch as Officer Corey Adler prepared his equipment to coax it out of the area.

Bill Vogrin, a public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife told Newsweek in an email that the use of loud noises, like yelling, the firing of paintball guns and the discharge of a taser, are common hazing techniques.

"Officer discharges his taser and fires paintballs to haze the bear into leaving," text over the video read.

He activated the taser while he was standing on the porch in one clip, and in a second clip, Adler is seen firing paintballs under the porch.

"We recommend that people not approach bears the way our wildlife officer did in the video," Vogrin said. "He is armed and well-trained in approaching bears. And he had a good escape route had the bear started to move out from under the porch."

"Officer Adler's goal is to avoid tranquilizing and handling the bear," read the text over the video. "Handling a bear gives it a 'strike' and requires it be put down if it gets in trouble again."

He continued to walk back and forth on the porch, firing the paintball gun out into the distance.

Officials with the agency said the bear had to be hazed from the entire area to learn fear of humans. Adler continued to pursue the bear, which could be seen in the distance, throughout the area with the paintball gun and the taser.

"Officer Adler gives chase through the woods for 8 minutes, repeatedly hazing it with paintballs and the sound of his Taser," the text on the video read.

He continued to shoot his paintball gun out into the distance until the bear was gone.

"Good job, bear," Adler said as the video concluded.

Bear Sightings

As summer leaned into fall, there have been bear sightings across the country, but it's not the first time this month a bear had to be removed from an area in Colorado Springs.

On September 15, a 6-year-old, 350-pounds black bear was removed from a "dense neighborhood" near a grade school.

Two weeks ago, a bear in Connecticut crashed a children's party and began eating the cupcakes.

A week before that, a bear in California was found in a family's kitchen eating a chocolate cake.