A bear and her cubs have prompted a lockout at Flatirons Elementary School in Boulder after the animals were spotted dozing in a tree nearby, the second time this week the animals have prompted a lockout.
The Boulder Valley School District announced on Twitter at 10:19 a.m. that Flatirons Elementary, 1150 Seventh St., was placed on lockout. A lockout means that the doors of the building are closed and people are not allowed to come and go, but classes take place in side as scheduled.
Jason Clay, a spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said they sow and cubs are sleeping in a tree at nearby Columbia Cemetery, and are working with the principal of Flatirons to have parents avoid the area while picking up their kids.
"The biggest thing right now is we want to make sure we don't get a lot of crowds around," Clay said. "As of right now, the plan is to just keep the bears in the tree for the time being for the safety of all the kids at the school, then shoo them away."
This is the second time this week the bear and her cubs have prompted a lockout at Flatirons Elementary.
"There's a ton of apples on the ground, and that's what has been drawing them in," Clay said.
Despite the two lockouts in one week, Clay said that the bears are not venturing farther into the city and have been responsive so far to wildlife officer's hazing them.
"These bears haven't done anything wrong, just a couple blocks west and they are in open space," Clay said. "There's obviously cause for concern, but the wildlife officer doesn't think they are at the point where we need to relocate them yet."
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