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Hibernating Bear Chased Off With Country Music

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First it was Creed, now it's country.

It seems some animals just can't stand our music.

Officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife managed to wake and shoo a bear that was hibernating on Boulder Community Hospital property in an unusual way: by playing country-western music.

From the Denver Post:

A plumber for the hospital found the bear around 1 p.m. Friday in a crawl space beneath one of two cottages that the hospital reserves near its Mapleton Center, 311 Mapleton Ave., for new out-of-state employees looking for permanent housing, said hospital spokesman Rich Sheehan. The worker was crawling under the porch to fix frozen pipes when he heard growling, Sheehan said.

If the music hadn't worked, they would have been forced to use more drastic measures. "If that didn't work, they were talking about relocating me rather than the bear," David Lontz, the Boulder Community Hospital nurse that lives in the residence, said. "I was in agreement with that. I don't agree with the bear having to be tranquilized. So I'm glad it worked out the way it did."

Officials believe the bear will be able to easily relocate.

From dailycamera:

Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said officers feel confident that the bear -- which was awake by the time they arrived and seemed to be in good health -- will be able to find another safe place nearby to hibernate for the rest of the winter.

Churchill also said that an unusually warm winter has brought some bears out of hibernation early, according to dailycamera.

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