Falling bear in Colo. campus photo killed by car

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A bear tranquilized at the University of Colorado last week and widely viewed in a photo showing it falling from a tree is dead after being hit by two cars.

The 280-pound black bear was struck on a highway around dawn Thursday. It happened a little more than 2 miles from the university.

The bear was relocated to a wilderness area 50 miles west of Boulder, after it wandered onto campus, was tranquilized and fell from a tree onto some pads.

Wildlife officials say the bear likely returned to the area because it lacked natural food sources because of dry weather.

The bear was identified by a tag placed on him after he was tranquilized. Officials track bears that are captured after coming close to people.

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