Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 19, 2024

Ozzy Osbourne's Tunes Fail to Move Stubborn Bear in Colorado

In an unusual wildlife management incident, officials in Golden, Colorado, turned to heavy metal music in an attempt to manage a stubborn black bear.

The bear had climbed a tree in a residential neighborhood, sparking a unique response from the local rangers, who decided to blast Ozzy Osbourne music to little effect, as Fox News reports.

After a prolonged six-hour vigil, the bear descended only when the area quieted down at night. The saga began near the Colorado School of Mines when a black bear was spotted after rummaging through local trash bins. Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers were dispatched to handle the situation.

Unconventional Methods to Encourage Bear's Descent

Initial efforts to coax the bear down were futile. As the bear made its way down, it simply climbed up another nearby tree, despite rangers’ attempts to guide it toward nearby wilderness.

The Golden Police Department stepped in with a drone to create unfamiliar noises aimed at dislodging the bear. However, the drone only mildly annoyed the animal, failing to achieve its intended effect.

With the drone deemed ineffective, rangers switched tactics by playing "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath from a loudspeaker. This unconventional method was met with humor from the rangers, who later remarked, "Black bears don’t mind Black Sabbath."

Community Engagement and Wildlife Precautions

Despite the loud music, the bear remained in its arboreal refuge, unaffected by Ozzy Osbourne’s iconic tracks. Rangers had predicted this stubbornness, anticipating that the bear would not move until darkness fell and human activity diminished.

True to their predictions, the bear finally climbed down from the tree at night when the area was nearly deserted, ending the day-long standoff. Following the incident, wildlife officials took the opportunity to remind the public about the importance of securing trash. They advised residents to keep trash bins indoors until the morning of collection to prevent such encounters.

A Humorous Take on a Hairy Situation

Throughout the event, the sense of humor among the wildlife officials was evident. "Why bear, why," the rangers joked as they dealt with the unpredictable nature of their task. A bystander captured a video of the scene, where someone quipped, "Now, if he starts banging his head, we’ve got a problem," adding a lighter note to the tense situation.

These humorous exchanges highlight the lighter side of wildlife management, even in potentially dangerous situations. It also underscores the creativity and patience required from those who manage human-wildlife interactions.

As the bear ambled back into the wilderness, it left behind a story that captured the community's attention and offered a unique perspective on the challenges of wildlife management. The incident served as a reminder of the delicate balance between human settlements and wildlife habitats.

Reflections on a Day of Bear Diplomacy and Rock 'n' Roll

This event not only provided an amusing anecdote for the town of Golden but also emphasized the ongoing need for awareness and proactive measures to ensure both wildlife and human communities can coexist peacefully. By using innovative, albeit unsuccessful methods like music, the rangers demonstrated adaptability in the face of unyielding wildlife behavior.

The encounter between Colorado’s wildlife rangers and a single black bear illustrates the unpredictable nature of wildlife management. It also serves as a testament to the dedication of those tasked with maintaining safety and harmony in our communities.

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