BOULDER, Colo. -- A bear tranquilized at the University of Colorado last week and widely viewed in a photo showing it falling from a tree has been killed by a car.
The 280-pound black bear was struck on a highway around dawn Thursday. It happened a little more than 2 miles from the campus.
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.
The bear likely returned to the area because it lacked natural food sources because of dry weather, wildlife officials say.
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.
Two cars were involved in the accident, resulting in minor injuries to one driver, police say.